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Man charged with DUI after allegedly causing two accidents on I-70

November 16, 2009

An 84-year-old man was charged Monday with driving under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly caused two accidents while traveling the wrong way on Interstate 70 near Prime Outlets at Hagerstown, according to a press release from the Maryland State Police.

Hagerstown resident Carroll Wayne Broome, of the 16600 block of Spiceberry Court, is accused of causing two accidents at about 12:45 p.m. Monday as he drove east in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70, the release said. The accidents occurred near exit 28, near Md. 632, and exit 29, which is near Md. 65.

No serious injuries were reported.

An investigation revealed that the first accident occurred when two vehicles collided after a blue passenger car traveling in the wrong direction allegedly caused the drivers to swerve near exit 28, the release said. The second accident occurred when a car that was grazed by the blue passenger vehicle rear-ended another car that slowed down to avoid a collision.

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Peter Nicklas Jr., 36, of Hagerstown, who was involved in the second accident, was taken by the Halfway Volunteer Fire Department to Washington County Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released, according to the news release. No one else suffered injuries that were serious enough to be taken to a hospital.

A Maryland Department of Natural Resources police officer found Broome's car stopped along the median of westbound Interstate 70 just east of exit 29, the release said. The car was facing the wrong way.

Troopers arrived and gave Broome field sobriety tests, the release said. Broome was arrested and taken to the Maryland State Police barrack south of Hagerstown for processing.

Broome was released on his signature pending a mandatory appearance in court, the release said.

-- Dan Dearth

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