THE TERROR DRIVER OF I-270: Maryland Trooper Hit While On Traffic Stop; Motorist With Lead Foot Rammed Police Vehicle And Two Stopped Vehicles

THE TERROR DRIVER OF I-270: Maryland Trooper Hit While On Traffic Stop; Motorist With Lead Foot Rammed Police Vehicle And Two Stopped Vehicles

ROCKVILLE, Md. – A Maryland state trooper was struck while conducting a traffic stop on southbound I-270 early on December 1, 2021, in Montgomery County. The driver who struck the trooper entered a guilty plea to speeding at the rate of 80 mph on the same highway earlier in the year.

The trooper is identified as Trooper Brian DeHaven. He is assigned to Rockville Barrack.  Trooper DeHaven was transported to Suburban Hospital for the treatment of his injuries sustained in the crash.

The vehicle involved in the crash is a 2012 Toyota Venza.  The driver of the Toyota is identified as Jose Fredy Ascencio, 44, (DOB 10/1977) of 13020 Thunderhead Drive, Germantown, Md.  Ascencio was uninjured during the incident.

At 6:10 a.m. on December 1, 2021, Trooper DeHaven was struck by a 2012 Toyota Venza while he was outside of his patrol vehicle on the left shoulder of I-270 south at Exit 6, Route 28/West Montgomery Avenue in Rockville. The trooper was conducting a traffic stop on a 2019 Kia passenger car.

The trooper’s marked Ford Explorer was parked behind the Kia with its emergency lights activated on the left shoulder of the highway. The trooper was outside of his patrol vehicle conducting the traffic stop. He was standing in between the jersey wall and the driver’s side of the Kia when the Toyota Venza swerved and struck both the trooper and the two parked vehicles.

Emergency medical service personnel responded. Trooper DeHaven was transported by ambulance to Suburban Hospital for his injuries.  The drivers of both the Kia and Toyota were uninjured during the incident.

The Maryland State Police Crash team is conducting the investigation and on December 1, 2021, Trooper R. Yarbrough of the Forestville Barrack placed the following charges against Jose Ascencio:

  • Failure to control speed to avoid a collision.
  • Failure to make a lane change to avoid stopped vehicles.
  • Failure to drive on the right half of a roadway when required.
  • Following another vehicle closer than safe and prudent.
  • Reckless driving in wanton and willful disregard for safety of persons and property.

Jose Fredy Ascencio entered a guilty plea in Montgomery County District Court to driving at 80 mph in a 55-mph speed zone on February 21, 2021, when cited by Maryland State Trooper Shu.  The guilty plea resulted in a fine of $160.00.

The Wuhan Flu virus evidently propelled Jose to decide to take a shortcut to his destination on March 4, 2020, by illegally operating his 2012 Toyota in a HOV lane on southbound I-270 when not authorized and when he entered a guilty plea, he was fined $90.00.  Trooper M. Dull brightened up Jose’s day with the traffic citation.


Idaho Troopers Remind Motorists to SLOW DOWN MOVE OVER after a Trooper is transported to the hospital following a collision


Idaho State Police is investigating a six-car collision that occurred this morning at 9:51 A.M. on eastbound Interstate 84 at S. Ten Mile Road in Ada County. The only reported injury involved an Idaho State Police Trooper who was forced to quickly jump back and went over a concrete barrier avoiding being hit.

The ISP patrol vehicle was stopped in the median as the Trooper assisted a stranded motorist with a flat tire. The Trooper was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car was parked behind the stranded vehicle, a Toyota sedan, with its emergency lights activated.

The preliminary investigation indicates one vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles. Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.  The owner of the Toyota who was also standing outside his vehicle reported minor injuries but was not transported.

The Trooper was transported via ground ambulance to a nearby hospital. He was released with minor injuries. ISP wants to thank passing motorists who witnessed the close call for the Trooper and immediately called 911 to report the incident.

“Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary to keep people safe on the road and to help those stranded, but we need motorists’ help so we can all go home at night,” said Idaho State Police Sgt. Brandalyn Crapo. “Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles and workers isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the law. Drivers need to be alert to emergency lights and vehicles and always alert to what’s happening around them. That keeps all of us safe.”

Traffic lanes were blocked on eastbound I-84 for approximately 90 minutes as emergency responders assisted those involved and worked to clear the scene.

This incident remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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