On February 17 at 7:20 p.m., an officer in a marked patrol car was entering the crossover on Crain Highway at Bel Alton Newtown Road when the driver of a Chevrolet 2500 pick-up truck drove across Crain Highway from Bel Alton Newtown Road and struck the officer’s car, totaling it. The driver fled. A lookout was broadcast and responding officers canvassed the area. The Maryland Transportation Authority Police assisted and located the truck in the Clifton area, approximately 6 miles away from the crash site. The driver, Sydney William Robertson, 20, of La Plata, was also located nearby. Further investigation revealed Robertson was impaired. Robertson was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, fleeing the scene of a motor vehicle crash and other related charges. Neither the officer nor the suspect was injured. On February 18, a district court commissioner released Robertson from the Charles County Detention Center on personal recognizance. Sgt. Yates is investigating.

Sydney Robertson

Diane Richardson
Media Relations Office
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