Officer Hurt After Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes Montgomery County Police Cruiser

Montgomery County police are searching for a driver who struck a police cruiser, injuring an officer.

The crash happened just after 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of Piney Branch Road and New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland, police said.

Officer Heather Haynes, 28, had pulled over to join another officer on the traffic stop and was getting out of her cruiser when a car hit her cruiser, police said.

The driver did not stop.

Chopper4 video showed significant damage to the rear end of the cruiser and its entire back bumper was gone.

Haynes, a 2-year veteran of the department, was taken to a hospital for treatment and released at about 5 a.m. Thursday, police said.

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