A Temple Hills man was arrested by Ocean City Police after he allegedly hit a bicyclist on Philadelphia Avenue and fled the scene.
Michael William Shaw, 33, was arrested by Ocean City Police during the early morning hours on July 5 near Route 50 and Whaleyville Road and charged with DUI, failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, reckless driving, and various other charges.
Police responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian near 14th Street at approximately 12:30 a.m. that morning, and when they arrived, they saw two bicycles with bent frames on the ground.
One of the cyclists told police he was riding in one of the lanes when a vehicle following him too closely hit the bike and caused him to crash.
But the car continued down the road, the man told officers, as if the driver had no idea he was involved in a crash.
Witnesses told police the Nissan that struck the bicycle did not have its headlights on, and they saw it head south on Philadelphia Avenue.
Another witness, court documents said, followed the car from the scene of the crash to Route 50, then to the U.S. 113 interchange while also giving police the license plate number.
The vehicle was later spotted, and Shaw was in the driver’s seat.
Police said Shaw told officers he was leaving Ocean City where he was with his family.
When officers asked Shaw if his last alcoholic beverage was before or after the crash, he said, “it had to be before the crash,” though he insisted several times he was not involved in a car crash.
A trooper at the scene found that a juvenile passenger in the Nissan had been texting someone, and an outgoing text message stated that the Nissan was stopped by police because Shaw struck someone in Ocean City, according to court documents.
An investigation revealed Shaw was under the influence of alcohol, police said, and he was charged with driving while impaired and leaving the scene of a bodily injury accident.
The cyclist complained of back pain and was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.