Man Charged With DUI in ATV Crash That Seriously Injured Victim

A 24-year-old Maryland man was charged with DUI in an ATV crash that critically injured one man and gave another minor injuries.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Leonard in Calvert County, Maryland.

According to a preliminary investigation, three men were riding on a Yamaha Bruin 350 four-wheeler on Ben Creek Road when the driver, Thomas Edward Bahneman, of Upper Marlboro, failed to negotiate a curve in the road, the Calvert County Sheriff's Office said in a release.

The ATV left the road and struck an embankment. Two passengers on the ATV were thrown off.

A 20-year-old man who was riding on the front cargo area sustained serious injuries, including head trauma, and was unconscious.  He was taken to Baltimore Shock Trauma, where he was listed in critical condition, authorities said Sunday.

A 22-year-old man who was riding on the rear cargo area sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. 

The sheriff's office said they determined that Bahneman was under the influence of alcohol while operating the ATV. He was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence and other drunk driving-related offenses, the office said.

"At this time alcohol, speed and improper use of the ATV appear to be major factors that contributed to this collision," the release said.

The crash is under investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Cpl. V. Bortchevsky via e-mail at or by calling the Calvert County Sheriff's Office at 410-535-2800.

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