A Maryland-National Capital Park Police vehicle was struck Sunday by a drunken driver in Montgomery County Credit: Photo via Maryland-National Capital Park Police

An intoxicated driver hit a police car, pinning an officer underneath, during a weekend crackdown on drunken driving in Montgomery County, police said.

On Sunday night, Maryland-National Capital Park Police Officer Andrew Clay stopped a vehicle on the south side of Georgia Avenue in the Forest Glen area. The stop was part of the Montgomery County Holiday Alcohol Task Force, in which various county law enforcement agencies crack down on alcohol-related offenses.

Park police said Clay saw a silver Jeep Wrangler traveling fast toward him at about 3 a.m. and ran away to avoid being hit. The Jeep struck a police vehicle across two lanes of traffic near the intersection with Belvedere Boulevard, pinning Clay beneath it, police said.

Clay was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

Lupita Martinez, 25, of Gaithersburg, who was driving the Jeep, was arrested.

Court records show Martinez faces charges of DUI, DWI, failure to obey traffic control device instructions, negligent driving in a careless and imprudent manner, and failure to control vehicle speed on highway. No court date was listed.

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Martinez and a passenger in her car also went to the hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening.

Park police announced the crash in a press release Sunday, but did not give the name of the driver or police officer. Montgomery County police released Martinez’s name Thursday after multiple inquiries form Bethesda Beat, and a park police spokesman released Clay’s name in an email.

The crash comes nearly four years after Montgomery County police Officer Noah Leotta was struck and killed by a drunken driver, during a similar DUI enforcement effort.

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The driver was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The fatality led to the state legislature passing Noah’s Law in 2016. The law requires anyone convicted of drunken driving to install an ignition interlock device that prevents a car from starting when a driver is intoxicated.

Dan Schere can be reached at Daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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