Off-duty trooper charged in DUI crash; Cherry Hill woman hurt

CECILTON, Md. – Maryland State Police say an off-duty trooper has been charged with driving while impaired after he rear-ended a car while driving a state police vehicle.

A 49-year-old Cherry Hill woman and her 10-year-old passenger, who were in the car struck by the trooper, were injured, authorities said.

State police said the crash happened late Sunday in Cecil County, just west of the Delaware border. Authorities said Trooper First Class Tanner Nickerson was driving a state police vehicle when he ran into the back of a Mercedes.

Witnesses told troopers the police vehicle’s emergency lights were activated.

Officials say the Cherry Hill woman and child were treated at a hospital for minor injuries. Nickerson was not hurt.

Nickerson was charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, reckless driving and negligent driving.

Nickerson, a six-year veteran of the state police, was suspended with pay.

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