One person is dead and another may face criminal charges after Maryland State Police said he drove the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Howard County.
According to Maryland State Police (MSP), Taurence McDonald, 38, of Catonsville, was driving a 2007 Dodge pickup truck back to Catonsville from Reisterstown on I-70 early this morning when McDonald became “disoriented.”
Police said in a statement that they believe alcohol was a factor.
McDonald turned around on I-70, according to police, and drove east in the westbound lanes.
Timothy Constantinides, 28, of Damascus, was driving west toward Carroll County on I-70 when McDonald crashed into his car, a 1998 Buick Regal, according to police.
When troopers from the Waterloo Barrack responded to the crash, near the Maryland State Police West Friendship scale house at about 1:15 a.m., they said they found Constantinides dead at the scene.
Police said McDonald and his passenger refused medical treatment and criminal and traffic charges are pending.
In addition to the state troopers, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services; the Howard County Police and the State’s CRASH Team responded.
The CRASH Team continues to investigate the incident – in less than a month.