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Police: Drunk driver hit trooper at traffic stop
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GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) -- A drunk driver was behind the wheel in a collision that injured a trooper early Tuesday morning on the Inner Loop of the Beltway, according to Maryland State Police from the College Park Barracks.

According to state police, two troopers were searching a car he had stopped on the shoulder of the Inner Loop prior to the exit for Greenbelt Metro just after 2 a.m. when a drunk driver drifted his car and hit the vehicle that was being search. The impact of the collision took off the stopped vehicle's door.

A trooper was hit with a mirror, say police. He was transported to the hospital after suffering minor injuries.

The trooper has been identified as Corporal Brian Hirsch. He's an 11-year veteran assigned to the College Park Barrack.

Police have identified the driver as Franklin Hernandez of Hyattsville. They say he failed to stop after the collision but police were able to stop him a short distance away.

Police say that once stopped and identified, the driver showed signs that he might be under the influence of alcohol. They investigated further and arrested him for DUI.

Hernandez was also charged with violations of the move over law, failing to stop after a collision involving injury, and negligent driving.

Police say that this incident is an example of the importance of the Move Over Law. In a press release on Tuesday morning, police wrote:

"The law is intended to provide an extra barrier of safety for police, fire and emergency rescue personnel, and on October 1, 2014, tow truck drivers. Motorists are required when approaching an emergency vehicle or a tow truck from the rear with its lights activated, to change into an available lane not next to the emergency vehicle or tow truck, when safe to do so. If there is no lane available, the motorists must slow down to a reasonable and prudent speed as they pass the emergency scene.

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