State trooper hit near Belle Haven by alleged DUI driver, assaulted by woman, while responding to DUI investigation

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This vehicle, driven by an alleged drunk driver, struck a state trooper's vehicle early Saturday morning near Belle Haven.

A state trooper’s vehicle was struck north of Belle Haven by a driver allegedly under the influence of alcohol while the officer was traveling to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital to investigate a separate DUI accident.

Afterward, the family of the driver in the Belle Haven crash arrived at the scene and a woman allegedly attacked the trooper who was hit by the DUI driver.

The incident happened at 2:20 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, on U.S. Route 13 south of Coal Kiln Road, according to a state police spokeswoman. 

Traquan Briscoe, 24, of Exmore, was arrested after police said he crossed from the southbound lane to the northbound lane of U.S. Route 13, striking the trooper’s vehicle. 

State police did not identify the trooper, who was following an ambulance headed for the hospital and transporting a suspect in an earlier DUI crash.

The trooper sustained minor injuries in the crash, a police spokeswoman said. 

Briscoe allegedly attempted to leave the scene but was taken into custody. He is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to maintain a driving lane.

He was jailed with no bond.

State police said “several friends and family members” of Briscoe arrived at the scene and “a female became loud and belligerent and assaulted the trooper.”

She was identified as 23-year-old Mattie Black of Cape Charles. She is charged with a felony count of assault of a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

She also was jailed without bond. 

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