Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes Police Car, Injures Officer

Injured officer taken to hospital, then released



A hit-and-run driver crashed into a parked police car and injured a Montgomery County police officer on New Hampshire Avenue Wednesday night, police said.

Police described the injury as serious but not life threatening. The officer, 28-year-old Heather Haynes, has been with the department for two and a half years and works in the 3rd District. She was taken to a local hospital and released at 5 a.m. Thursday.

Haynes was conducting a traffic stop at about 10:30 p.m. on southbound New Hampshire Avenue, south of Piney Branch Road, police said.

A second police officer parked at the scene to assist in the traffic stop. A driver struck one of the police cars, according to Montgomery County police. Haynes was injured in the crash.

The driver left the scene after the crash, Montgomery County police said. Police did not provide a description of the car.

Montgomery County police did not specify which police car the driver struck or whether Haynes was in the car at the time. They referred further questions to Prince George’s County police.

Prince George’s County police are investigating the hit-and-run, which occurred just over the Montgomery County border in the Hyattsville area.

Cpl. Harry Bond, a Prince George’s police spokesman, said police would not release any further information Thursday.

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