UPDATED: Jan. 9, 2014 3:55 p.m.
GLENARDEN, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Police say two officers are lucky to have escaped with their lives after a man intentionally rammed his dump truck into their cruisers at high speed in Glenarden on Wednesday.
Prince George’s County Police say the dump truck hit the two cruisers in the Woodmore Town Center parking lot near Route 202 and I-95.
On Thursday, police released video showing the dump truck ramming into the two cruisers and two officers running out of the way before it hits.
Police say the driver, 31-year-old Gene Thomas Brandon, Jr., of Aquasco, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault.
He is currently in custody at the Department of Corrections and is being held without bond.
Police say Brandon pulled up his dump truck next to the officers and yelled at them from an open window, claiming that they killed his brother. The officers said they ordered him to keep moving as he was blocking traffic and to “have a nice day.”
Brandon responded by saying, “We’re about to have a nice day.”
Officers say they knew something was wrong and had a feeling he was going to come back and hit them or their cars.
Seconds later, the officers saw the dump truck barreling directly toward them. The officers, who were standing between their cruisers, ran out of the truck’s path.
Brandon then slammed his truck into the back of one of the cruisers, causing it to plow into the second one. The dump truck finally came to rest on top of one of the cruisers after pushing it more than 50 feet.
Police say Brandon then jumped out of his truck and aggressively approached officers. The officers were able to take him into custody without injury to the officers or the suspect.
Police believe this is an isolated incident. Investigation reveals the suspect has a history of mental illness.
Police say he told detectives he had not been taking his prescribed medication.
Pictures show the truck with the name Allstar Utility Company Inc. on its door. A person who answered the telephone at a company yard confirmed a crew was doing a job near the crash. A message left for the company’s owner was not immediately returned.
PG Police say this may be intentional pic.twitter.com/XWSjvlM1Ai— John Domen (@JDDsays) January 7, 2015
Car under the truck was parked behind car on left. About two lanes of road (1 each way) between them pic.twitter.com/WyfbYU9s1V— John Domen (@JDDsays) January 7, 2015
Thankfully no officers were in cruisers. Prelim, driver intentionally hit cruisers. pic.twitter.com/9j4S8ylQjU— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) January 7, 2015
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