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Photo of new police cruisers - the Ford Interceptor.The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) has begun converting its fleet of cruisers to a new model – the Ford Interceptor.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief James Johnson introduced the new vehicle this morning at a press event at Precinct 7/Cockeysville. The first 50 of the new cars – a $1.3 million investment in public safety – have been purchased and are ready for deployment next month.

The Interceptor – a version of the Taurus designed for law enforcement – will replace the existing Ford Crown Victoria, a model that has been discontinued. BCoPD has used the Crown Victoria since the 1990s. It will take about six years to replace the BCoPD inventory of about 450 Crown Victoria sedans.

All-Wheel Drive and Other Features

A BCoPD panel reviewed a variety of models and settled on the Ford Interceptor because of its features, including:

  • All-wheel drive. The first new Interceptors will be assigned to posts in the more rural precincts – Precinct 3/Franklin, Precinct 7/Cockeysville and Precinct 8/Parkville – where officers often deal with more severe winter weather.
  • A driver’s seat designed with a space to accommodate the officer’s gun and other tools.
  • A 20 percent improvement in fuel economy over the Crown Victoria.
  • Side curtain airbags.

Kamenetz Committed to Needs of Responders

Photo of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz during press conference.“We remain committed to giving our first responders the equipment they need,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Our investment in the Police Department is paying dividends, making Baltimore County one of the safest communities in the nation.”

“As a police officer, one of the features I like best about the Interceptor is the way it handles. It’s maneuverable and feels almost like a sports car,” said Chief Johnson. “I think our officers are going to find it a functional and enjoyable car to drive.”

The exterior striping on the cruisers will not change.

The old Crown Victorias will be sold at auction as they are removed from the fleet.

At 10:03 p.m. Thursday night, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to York and Thornton Mill roads in Precinct 7/Cockeysville for a report of a serious automobile accident. Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered that there were three vehicles involved and there were multiple patients with serious injuries.

The initial investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team has indicated that a Hyundai Sonata was traveling northbound on York Road north of McCormick Road in front of a Dodge Dart. There was a Hyundai Tucson traveling southbound on York Road north of McCormick Road. The Hyundai Sonata crossed the center line, struck the Hyundai Tucson, and went back into the northbound side of York Road where it was struck by the Dodge Dart.

Eric James Stewart, 22, of the 600 block of Quaker Bottom Road, 21152, has been identified as the driver of the Hyundai Sonata. He has been cited for DUI and determined to be the at-fault driver in the crash.

Brandon Thomas Walsh, 23, of the 14600 block of Thornton Mill Road, 21152, has been identified as the driver of the Dodge Dart. He has been cited for DUI.

The operator of the Hyundai Tucson, Charles Edward Wagner, 85, and the right rear passenger of the Hyundai Tucson, Jeannine Shirley Wagner, 84, both of the 900 block of Beaverbank Circle, 21286, were declared deceased at the scene.

One in Critical Condition

The right front passenger, identified as Mary Antionette Warner, 79, of the 12300 block of Rosslare Ridge Road, 21093, was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center by Maryland State Police Medivac Helicopter where she remains in critical condition.

Eric Stewart, the operator of the Hyundai Sonata, was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center by Baltimore County Medics for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Brandon Walsh, the operator of the Dodge Dart, was not injured as a result of the accident.

Crash Factors

Crash Team investigators believe that speed and alcohol appear to have been factors in the crash and are continuing the investigation. The review of the incident by the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office will determine if any more charges will be placed.

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