On August 8 at 12:41 p.m., Officer R. Gilroy was responding to an emergency call and was traveling north on Indian Head Highway with his lights and siren activated. As he proceeded through the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Hawthorne Road, his cruiser and a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle turning onto southbound Indian Head Highway from Hawthorne Road collided. The cruiser then veered to the left and struck a 1988 Cadillac stopped at a red light on southbound Indian Head Highway. The driver of the Volkswagen, Jeffery Lee Johnson, 43, of La Plata, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by Potomac Heights Emergency Medical Services personnel to Fort Washington Medical Center. The driver of the Cadillac, Joezer Alexander Boyd, 21, of Fort Washington, Md., and Officer Gilroy did not sustain any injuries. Cpl. S. Potter of the Traffic Operations Unit is investigating the crash.
At the time of the crash, Officer Gilroy was responding to the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Glymont Road. The driver of the vehicle being pursued had been stopped by another officer on Indian Head Highway for a seatbelt violation, but the driver fled when the officer approached his car. The vehicle fled into Prince George's County and pursuit was discontinued.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in Charles County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about a crime may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. All callers may remain anonymous.