BELTSVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) – The officer killed in Monday’s crash on I-95 in Maryland was not wearing his seat belt, investigators say.
Police department rules in Prince George’s County specify all officers wear seat belts while driving police cruisers. Maryland laws also make seat belts a requirement for all occupants in a moving vehicle.
But an investigation into the crash — which killed 23-year-old Adrian Morris and seriously hurt another officer — revealed Morris was not wearing a seat belt. Morris suffered massive head injuries when he was thrown from his cruiser during a high-speed pursuit Monday afternoon. He was later pronounced dead at a Maryland hospital.
The other officer in the cruiser was wearing a seat belt. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital late Monday.
Morris and the other officer had been pursuing a silver Acura believed to have been involved in a theft. On Tuesday, Prince George’s County police said they recovered the silver Acura in the 400 block of St. Louis Street in Southeast D.C. and arrested 24-year-old Kenneth Mitchell of Laurel. He was allegedly the passenger in the Acura at the time of the crash.
Morris was a native of Kingston, Jamaica, and had been on the force for more than two years. He had been involved with the police department since he was 15.