(June 23, 2011, 2pm, Abingdon, MD) – On Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at approximately 9:15 p.m., while on routine patrol, a Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle that was driving erratically and traveling at a high rate of speed along the westbound lane of U.S. 40 just south of Abingdon Road.
The suspect vehicle, a black Lexus, slowed as if to stop and then pulled away at a high rate of speed. Due to the heavy traffic and unsafe conditions, the deputy discontinued pursuit. The deputy then observed the Lexus crash into the barrier wall, hit a traffic sign and going airborne into the eastbound side of U.S. 40. The Lexus struck a 2006 Honda Accord, with four occupants, which was traveling in the eastbound lane of U.S. 40.
The driver of the Lexus, later identified as Diedrik E. Saddler, age 30, of the 3400 block of Claireborne Way in Abingdon, Md. exited the vehicle from the driver’s side window fleeing the scene of the crash on foot. Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to quickly locate the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident. Saddler was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center by Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Deputies recovered several grams of crack cocaine near the suspect’s damaged vehicle.
Saddler has been charged with several traffic and criminal related charges, to include Possession of CDS; not marijuana, Possession of CDS with intent to distribute, Failure to stop after an accident involving damage, Failure to return to and remain at the scene of an accident, Attempt by driver to elude unformed police by failing to stop, and Attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by fleeing on foot. He is currently being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.
Rescue workers from Joppa/ Magnolia Fire Company and Abingdon Fire Company extricated the 2006 Honda Accord occupants, two adults and two children from the 3700 block of Wolf Trail Drive in Abingdon, MD. They were transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
As a result of the investigation and crash US 40 was closed to traffic from Abingdon Road to Sand Pebble Road for approximately one hour for clean up due to the accident.