(Jan. 25, 2019) A 27-year-old man was charged with driving while impaired by drugs, following a crash last Wednesday morning on Route 611 in West Ocean City.
Maryland State Police at the Berlin Barrack said Tyler Joseph Bollinger, of Ocean City, was charged with negligent driving, driving a vehicle while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance and driving a vehicle while so far impaired by drugs that he could not drive safely.
Police said the two-vehicle wreck occurred around 8:16 a.m., when Bollinger allegedly rear-ended a Ford SUV with his pickup truck.
Jessica Waters, public information officer for the Town of Ocean City, said both drivers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury for treatment.
Before Bollinger’s transfer to the hospital, police found two pill bottles, with one containing the narcotic Suboxone, and the other unidentified. Bollinger reportedly told police he had a prescription for the Suboxone and had taken pills before the crash.
The investigation found Bollinger at fault for the crash, police said. Following his arrest, Bollinger refused to submit to a blood kit or any testing, police said.
A criminal investigation is underway.