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Witness Says He Reported Suspected Drunk Driver To 911 on Night of Fatal Brandywine Crash


A former Prince George's County volunteer firefighter has told FOX 5 news he called 911 to report a drunk driver swerving in a dark SUV heading south on Branch Avenue Monday night. This was minutes before police say a speeding SUV driven by an FBI agent suspected of being drunk crashed into another car in Brandywine, Md., killing its teenage driver and critically injuring another teen in the car.

Steve Burket said while he was on the phone with a Maryland State Police dispatcher, a Prince George's County Police cruiser pulled alongside the swerving SUV, shined his light on the driver and then drove off.

"I think if that cruiser had pulled him over, that kid's life may have been saved," Burket said.

Prince George's County Police say they had not heard about this until FOX 5 brought it to their attention.

"Until we get a chance to find out who this officer may or may not have been and talk to him about what he'd seen, we don’t know what he saw," said Cpl. Evan Baxter of Prince George’s County Police. "We don't know the severity of the behavior the driver produced for the officer. The officer may not have seen what it is that the citizens called in about."

But something made him pull up alongside the SUV and shine his light on the driver.

"This officer may just have seen a tag light out," Baxter explained. "May have seen a person who he thought was just on his cell phone and has no reason to connect what he saw that night with what ended up happening."

The 18-year-old driver of the other car, Lawrence "JR" Garner, Jr. was killed. His passenger, 19-year-old Robert Mitchell was critically injured.

Mitchell's older sister, Donita Canada, called these latest developments "disturbing."

"In addition to the blatant gross negligence of the driver, now we have to contend with the reality that another law enforcement officer had the opportunity to prevent this tragedy and he dropped the ball,” said Canada.

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