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No Charges to be Filed in Denton Traffic Incident Involving Off-Duty Trooper

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DENTON, Md.– Maryland State Police say the condition of the off-duty trooper injured during a traffic-related incident in Caroline County Wednesday night has improved and no charges are being filed at this time in connection with what happened. 

The off-duty trooper, assigned to the Easton Barrack, has been upgraded to serious condition, according to officials at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.  The trooper is continuing to receive treatment at the hospital.

Authorities said that after interviews by MSP investigators and a review of information by the Caroline County State's Attorney's Office, no charges are being filed at this time against the three teenagers who were questioned overnight.  All three were released after they were interviewed. 

Police said that at this point in the investigation, information indicates the teen driver and his two companions may have encountered one or more trash cans in the roadway as they traveled in the area of 7th and Market streetsin Denton, at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.  Police said that according to information developed during the investigation, the driver may have been attempting to push a trash can out of the way with the car.  Then, a passenger reached out and grabbed the can, attempting to move it further out of the path of the car, investigators said.  

Police said that when the off-duty trooper drove up behind this scene in his personal car, it appeared the three may have been tampering with the trash can and possibly moving it into the roadway or turning it over. Investigators said that when the off-duty trooper approached the car, he was wearing plainclothes and was not displaying his badge or identification card.

According to police, the investigation indicates the 17-year-old driver was startled and unsure of whom the off-duty trooper was and may have instinctively accelerated away out of concern for his safety.  The trooper was in contact with the car and was dragged down the street until he became dislodged and was injured as the car continued on, police noted.

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