On February 14, 2021 at 2:08 AM, a Deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office was stopped at a traffic light on South Division Street, at the intersection with Dykes Road in Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland. During this point in time, the Deputy’s patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle operated by Michael John Belich, 29 years old, of Salisbury, MD.
It is believed that Michael Belich was traveling at full speed in his vehicle when he collided with the Sheriff Deputy’s patrol vehicle. As you can see in the image below, the rear and passenger side of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputies patrol vehicle was drastically damaged.
During the subsequent investigation of the collision, the investigating Deputy detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the breath and off of Belich’s body/clothing. Michael Belich told the Deputy he was just trying to get home that evening. That odor of an alcoholic beverage, along with other observed indicators caused the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy to suspect that Belich was driving a vehicle and under the influence of alcohol.
Following the administration of standardized field sobriety tests, the Sheriff’s Deputy placed Belich under arrest for Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol and transported him to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office for further processing. Included in that process was a voluntary breath test, which revealed a blood alcohol concentration of .22. The legal limit for alcohol concentration in the State of Maryland is .08, making Belich nearly 3 times the legal limit.
The involved Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy was treated and released for minor injuries at Tidal Health. Both the patrol deputy and Belich’s vehicle were towed from the scene.
Belich was released to a family member that evening following the issuance of multiple traffic citations.
Belich was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se, Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol, Negligent Driving and Failure to Control Speed to Avoid a Collision.