Two Frederick County sheriff’s deputies and another person were taken to hospitals with injuries that were deemed not life-threatening after a crash early Friday in Frederick.

The crash occurred at 4:50 a.m. when a vehicle traveling west on Monocacy Boulevard attempted to turn left onto westbound Interstate 70 and was struck by a sheriff’s office vehicle that was headed east on Monocacy Boulevard, according to a sheriff’s office press release issued Friday. The release indicates the driver of the car was believed to be at fault, stating that the driver failed to yield the right of way to the sheriff’s office vehicle.

All three were taken to hospitals for treatment after the crash, which remained under investigation.

The deputy who was driving the sheriff’s office vehicle at the time was in field training and so was partnered up with a more experienced deputy at the time, according to Taylor Clarke, an agency spokeswoman, who responded to The Frederick News-Post’s questions via email. The deputies were not responding to a call at the time of the crash and neither speed nor alcohol was believed to be a factor, according to Clarke.

The sheriff’s office did not identify either of the deputies or the driver of the other vehicle Friday afternoon.

While several witnesses were identified by investigators at the scene, anyone who can provide more information is asked to call Sgt. Bart Ruppenthal, a sheriff’s office traffic unit supervisor, at 301-600-1046.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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Clueless whiners. Hope the cops are OK. Back the Blue!!


Because of course anyone that disagrees is a whiner. All lives matter.

i heart frederick

So, unrelated but yesterday, I was at the light at Buckeystown and Crestwood (Royal Farms intersection) and I saw a sheriff's deputy turn on his lights to go through the intersection while his light was red, then turn them off again after he got through the intersection. Made me think "this is why people hate cops".

Not saying the cops were at fault in this crash, just saying hope there were lots of witnesses.


I bet if the deputy did that because you or someone in your family needed assistance you wouldn't think that way. Its funny how civilians think that the cops/deputies just do that to get to coffee or dinner faster. Clueless


What if the deputy did that to get through the intersection faster then pull into the Taco Bell parking lot to go in and eat? I witnessed that personally just a few weeks ago. Funny how cops/deputies think that civilians don't notice these things.


You “bet”? But you don’t know for sure? You may be the one who’s clueless? It’s equally possible.


No not possible. I did the job. Its thankless for the most part. Everyone who hates or dislikes or disrespects law enforcement on this or any forum remain anonymous for the most part. Its easy to know what to do and how to do it better from the safety of your desk, but you are clueless to what it is really like. But opinions however skewed or uninformed are everyone's right to spout off on this site. Makes no difference, support the Blue.


And you think a commenter here didn’t do “the job”!


i heart frederick -- and anyone else that wants to say anything negative because they got a parking ticket once -- read up on Maryland traffic law with regard to emergency vehicles.


The deputies were not on a call. Can’t run code if not doing a call.


Actually, they can do that. And, by law, cops/deputied/troopers can do that. Do you think every call for service required lights and siren? Let me give you an example. A deputy gets a call of a hold up alarm. The deputy tries to get there as soon as possible but doesn't utilize his lights and siren the entire response but only during traffic intersections. There's a reason for that. Don't act like you know what you're talking about Kelly when it comes to law enforcement. So, yes, the deputies probably were on a call and abiding by the law.


Thanks for the lecture?

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