On Duty Deputy Injured when struck by Drunk Driver
[June 15, 2011 - Joppa, MD] - On Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at approximately 2:30am, a Harford County Sheriff's Office deputy was seriously injured when his patrol vehicle was struck by a 2006 Nissan 350Z at the intersection of SR 40 and SR 152. The Harford County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle was being operated by DFC Brad Sives, #835, who was on duty at the time of the accident. The 2006 Nissan 350Z was driven by Kevin G. Johnstone, age 21, of the 900 block of Cedar Crest Court in Edgewood MD. There was also a male passenger in the 2006 Nissan 350Z at the time of the accident.
Preliminary investigation has determined that the 2006 Nissan 350Z was traveling westbound on SR 40 and while attempting to make a right hand turn onto northbound SR 152, Johnstone lost control of his vehicle. Traveling at a high rate of speed, the 2006 Nissan 350Z hit the median on SR 152, went airborne and struck the deputy's patrol car on the driver's side of the vehicle. The deputy's patrol car was pushed into the southbound shoulder of the roadway on SR152. DFC Sives was entrapped in the vehicle for approximately 45 minutes, while members of the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company worked to extricate him from his patrol vehicle. He was conscious and alert when he was flown to the University of MD Shock Trauma Center by Maryland State Police Trooper 1 for treatment of his injuries. He was released from the hospital shortly before 8am this morning.
Kevin Johnstone, the driver of the 2006 Nissan 350Z, and his passenger were not injured and were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. Preliminary investigation has determined that Johnstone was operating his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the Harford County Inter Agency Processing Center. Johnstone, age 21, has been charged at this time with Driving Under the Influence, Driving Under the Influence per se, failure to control speed to avoid collision, reckless and negligent driving.
DFC Brad Sives, #835, age 26 is a four year veteran of the Harford County Sheriff's Office and assigned to the Police Services Bureau, Southern Precinct, Shift #1.