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Maryland State Police trooper critically injured in Denton hit-and-run

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No charges are being filed against the three teens who hit and dragged a Maryland State Police trooper with their car Wednesday night, officials say.

Maryland State Police officials say that the trooper has been upgraded from critical to serious condition after the crash, which happened at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in Denton.

State Police officials say the off-duty trooper, an 8-year veteran of the force, got out of his car and approached three young people in a car who he believed were committing an act of vandalism. While he was speaking to the youths, police say the driver of the car punched the gas and dragged the trooper down the road. After the trooper fell into the roadway, the suspects fled.

However, after finding and questioning the suspects, police say the teens were trying to move a trash can out of the roadway with their car. At one point one of the passengers reached out a window and tried to move it further. When the officer, who did not display his badge or any identification, approached, officials say the teens may have instinctively sped away in fear.

The trooper, who is based out of the Easton barrack, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center to be treated for his injuries.

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