Drunk Driver Crashes into Strip Mall and Causes Fire

January 6, 2016

754On Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 12:18 a.m.,. Calvert County Sheriff’s Office units responded to a motor vehicle crash reported into a building involving fire.

The building involved was the strip mall known as Bright Center West located at the intersection of S/B MD 4 at Chaneyville Rd. in Owings.

Upon arrival it was confirmed that both the vehicle involved and the strip mall which contained Floral Expressions, Owings Cleaners, Andy Nails, and Tax Depot were all on fire.

The driver of the vehicle involved was identified as Vincent Troy 32 of Upper Marlboro. Troy was already out of the vehicle and being assisted by citizens. A check of the vehicle for other persons was negative and the scene was secured as EMS/FIRE handled their assignment fighting the fire.

Vincent Troy 32 of Upper Marlboro

Vincent Troy 32 of Upper Marlboro

During further investigation it was determined the driver, Vincent Troy, was suspected to be under the influence of an intoxicant and subsequently arrested for DUI/DWI by DFC Durner.

Cpl. Marty McCarroll managed the scene for the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and coordinated operations with Dunkirk Fire Chief Bill Rector.

A NIXLE notification was sent out from the CCSO notifying the public of the event and to expect delays in the area into the morning rush hour times.
Both County Roads and State Highway were notified to respond to the scene for both traffic road closures and to treat the roadways as they were iced over from the water used by the fire department to extinguish the fire.

The State Fire Marshal was notified and responded to the scene to conduct their investigation with EMS/FIRE.

A Calvert County building inspector was notified to respond and inspect the building for structural damage and occupancy restrictions.

SMECO was notified and responded to handle all electrical power connections/disconnections and inspect the damage to their utility pole.

Business owners were notified for Floral Expressions, Tax Depot, and Andy’s Nails. The only business owner not notified was Owings Cleaners.

EMS/FIRE units responded to assist from multiple jurisdictions to include PG County, AA County, Charles Co.


Vincent Troy 32 of Upper Marlboro

Vincent Troy 32 of Upper Marlboro