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This story was updated 6:10 p.m., Jan. 5, 2012.

A Riverdale man received multiple citations for crashing a car into an apartment building early Sunday morning in Riverdale and injuring one woman and his wife received a citation for telling police that she was the driver, said Prince Georgeís County Police.

Police discovered David Archibald Smith, 39, of the 6800 block of Riverdale Road drove the car into the apartment building after receiving a media tip, a police release states.

The incident also led to a woman in her mid-30s being injured, according to the police release. Smithís wife, Akoswa J. Haynes, 36, initially told police she drove the vehicle that crashed into the building, the release states.

Smithís citations include driving without a license, negligent driving and failing to remain on the scene to provide police information and during an incident where someone was injured, the release states. No information was available for why Haynes lied, but she was cited for giving false information to police, said Cpl. Larry Johnson, a county police spokesman.

Police initially thought Haynes pulled into a parking space outside the building at 3:35 a.m., but hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes and crashed into a lower-level apartment window, police said.

Both Haynes and the woman inside the apartment unit were taken to local hospitals and have since been released, Johnson said.

Officers at the scene didnít mention alcohol as a factor and the rest of the apartment building was not evacuated, said Sgt. Sonya Rorls, a county police spokeswoman.

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