Trooper Charged In DUI-Related Crash
(CECILTON, MD) – A Maryland state trooper has been charged and is suspended following his involvement yesterday in a DUI-related traffic crash in Cecil County.
The trooper is identified as Trooper First Class Tanner Nickerson, who is assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. He is charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, reckless driving and negligent driving.
Shortly after 9:00 p.m. yesterday, Maryland State Police from the North East Barrack responded to a call for a traffic crash in the 200-block of North Bohemia Ave. (Rt. 213) in Cecilton, Md. Troopers found a Mercedes passenger car and a marked Maryland State Police Chevrolet Tahoe involved.
The preliminary investigation indicates TFC Nickerson, who was off-duty, was northbound on Rt. 213, when he failed to reduce speed and ran into the back of the Mercedes, which was also northbound. The 49-year-old female driver of the Mercedes, from Cherry Hill, NJ, and her 10-year-old passenger were taken to Union Hospital by ambulance. They were treated for what were reported to be minor injuries. The trooper reported no injuries.
Upon contacting TFC Nickerson at the scene of the crash, the investigating trooper detected indications of possible impairment. Further investigation led to the arrest of TFC Nickerson on the scene. He was taken to the North East Barrack for processing and, after receiving traffic citations, was later released to a sober driver.
Witnesses told troopers the emergency lights on the police vehicle were activated. The investigation determined the trooper was off-duty and was not responding to a call.
In addition to the charges being placed against him, TFC Nickerson was suspended with pay, as is Maryland State Police procedure. He has been a member of the Maryland State Police for six years.
The investigation is continuing.