Man Charged with DUI After Striking Police Officer

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WNEW/AP) — A Montgomery County police officer who was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic has been released from the hospital.

Police say officer Francis McDonough, a 20-year-veteran of the department, was directing traffic around a collision on the outer loop of Interstate 495 between Connecticut Avenue and Georgia Avenue around 4 p.m Tuesday when the driver of a Hyundai veered into a lane closed to vehicles and struck the officer.

Video from a news helicopter hovering above the accident scene shows McDonough confronting the driver after being struck. McDonough became agitated and was escorted by a firefighter as he eventually walked away from the vehicle. The officer was then taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The driver of the vehicle, 58-year-old Reginald Eugene Taylor, has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He was also given a traffic citation for failure to control speed to avoid a collision.

No one answered the telephone Wednesday at a number listed for Taylor.

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