Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:43 pm | Updated: 9:01 am, Thu May 23, 2013.


DENTON – The condition of the Maryland State Police Trooper dragged by a car in Denton Wednesday night, May 22, has been upgraded to serious, according to University of Maryland Shock Trauma spokesman Cynthia Rivers.

The off-duty trooper spotted what appeared to be some sort of vandalism activity about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the vicinity of Market and 7th streets and confronted three subjects in a car, police said. The car drove off dragging the trooper a short distance down the road before he was dislodged and the car fled the scene.

The trooper was flown for treatment to the Baltimore trauma center, where he was initially listed in critical condition, police said.

Witnesses described the occupants of the car as “kids” and indicated the trooper may have been run over.

Police located a suspect car containing three juveniles, who were being questioned late Wednesday. The injured trooper is an eight-year veteran of the force, according to MSP spokesman Greg Shipley. He is currently stationed out of the Easton Barracks.

Lt. Dwayne Boardman, commander of the Centreville Barracks, said he could not release any information about the incident, but added the trooper “is an outstanding trooper who will persevere. We are all hoping for a speedy and full recovery and know that he is in good hands at Maryland’s Shock Trauma center.”