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Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes into Fenwick Island Police Vehicle

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FENWICK ISLAND, Del.- Authorities say several people were injured when a suspected drunk driver crashed into the rear of a Fenwick Island police vehicle that had made a stop on another suspected drunk driver Thursday night.  

Delaware State Police said the incident happened at around 9:45 p.m. on the northbound shoulder of Coastal Highway (SR1), north of Lewes Street, as a 33-year-old Fenwick Island police officer was parked on the shoulder conducting a traffic stop on a suspected drunk driver. 

Troopers said the officer was seated in the driver's seat of his 2013 Ford Explorer patrol vehicle and 59-year-old Shawn E. Moran, of Wilmington, was seated in the right rear passenger's seat. That is when, police said, a 2010 Nissan Maxima being operated by 42-year-old Heath Clifford McDermott, of Bel Air, Md., was traveling northbound in the right lane when it veered to the right and struck the left rear portion of the Explorer.  The impact caused the Explorer to lurch forward and strike the rear of a 2005 Toyota Sequoia that had been pulled over during the initial stop, troopers said. The Nissan continued northbound and overturned onto its roof, trapping McDermott and his 48-year-old female passenger, of Osprey, Fla.
Upon extrication from the vehicle, McDermott was flown from the scene by State Police Helicopter to Christiana Medical Center where he was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries. His passenger was removed from the scene upon extrication and transported by EMS to Beebe Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The officer and Shawn Moran were transported by EMS to Beebe Medical Center's ER where they were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.
The 58-year old male and 60-year-old male who were in the parked Sequoia were removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Beebe Medical Center where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.
Troopers said the investigation into this incident is ongoing and charges are pending on McDermott for suspected DUI and vehicular assault. 

Coastal Highway north of Fenwick Island was closed for approximately one and a half hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.
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