A 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, traveling in front of an officer early Friday morning, veered off a highway and struck a large traffic sign in Montgomery County.
A wooden support beam from the sign became impaled in the Ford’s front windshield, sticking up and back more than five feet, like a misplaced lance. Yet the driver kept going, refusing to stop even as lights and sirens flashed behind him.
“He was lucky no one was killed,” said Officer Rick Goodale, a Montgomery police spokesman.
The driver, Omar Rasharn Thompson, 42, eventually did stop, the beam still sticking out of his car, Goodale said. Thompson was not injured, and he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The incident unfolded about 2:15 a.m. Friday, as an officer from the Takoma Park Police Department — working as part of Montgomery’s Alcohol Holiday Task Force — was driving westbound on the Intercounty Connector, north of Rockville.
The officer spotted the Crown Victoria “driving on the grassy area to the right of the roadway,” Goodale said.
Driver crashes into sign, continues on with pole stuck in windshield