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LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Howard County Police officer was injured after his patrol car was struck on Route 29 early Sunday morning, police said.

Pfc. Mike Marino was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., police say Pfc. Marino responded to Route 29 northbound near Old Columbia Road for a Takoma Park police officer that struck a deer. After he located the collision, Marino was struck by a 2005 Nissan Murano while he was sitting in his patrol car waiting for other officers to arrive, police said.

The patrol car had its emergency lights activated at the time of the collusion, police said.

The driver of the Nissan Murano has been identified as Richar Antiguas, 34, of Laurel, police said. Antiguas was transported by ambulance to Shock Trauma and is also in stable condition.

Police say investigators suspect that alcohol and marijuana use were a factor in the crash.

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