La Plata, MD- On February 15, shortly before 2 a.m., a patrol officer responded to the area of Larkspur Court in Waldorf for the report of loud music and two males loitering inside a car.

When the officer arrived, he exited his cruiser and approached the vehicle on foot. Upon seeing the officer, the subjects fled. A few minutes later, an officer observed a vehicle traveling northbound on Old Washington Road near Smallwood Drive at a high rate of speed. The driver also failed to stop at a red traffic signal on Route 5.

At that time, the officer activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the car, which was a significant distance away. As the officer neared the 2400 block of Old Washington Road, he noticed the vehicle had crashed into a wooded area and the occupants had been ejected. Both males were transported to a hospital.

The driver, 23 of Waldorf, was admitted with serious injuries and the passenger, 31, of Lexington Park, was admitted with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. Further investigation revealed the vehicle was the same car that fled from Larkspur Court.

Officers learned the driver had four open warrants including one for second-degree rape and another for failure to appear in court on a robbery charge.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to call Cpl. Hemsley at (301) 609-5903. The investigation is ongoing.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...