Vehicle Flips Near Inlet, Nearly Ends Up In Ocean

Vehicle Flips Near Inlet, Nearly Ends Up In Ocean
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OCEAN CITY — A Halethorpe, Md. man faces drunk-driving charges after allegedly failing to negotiate the turn near the Inlet early last Sunday morning, leaving the roadway and flipping his vehicle not far from the water.

Just after midnight last Sunday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to the south end of Philadelphia Avenue near the Oceanic Pier for a report of a vehicle in the water. When OCPD officers arrived, they discovered the vehicle not in the water, but rather on its roof in the sand in an area between the fishing pier and a nearby hotel.

The investigation revealed the driver, later identified as Sumpter McWatters, 33, of Halethorpe, was heading south on Philadelphia Avenue and failed to negotiate the turn as the roadway bends around toward Baltimore Avenue and the Inlet lot. Instead, McWatters’ vehicle continued straight, went over the curb and struck a pylon and rolled over on its roof.

overturnAccording to police sources, the vehicle came to rest on its roof about 30 feet from the Inlet. McWatters was able to kick out the window and climb out of the overturned vehicle. When police arrived, the suspect was standing outside the vehicle. He reportedly was uninjured and refused EMS treatment at the scene. McWatters was charged with multiple counts including driving under the influence and driving while impaired. He was later released on his own recognizance.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.