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A St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy was flown Monday afternoon to a hospital, the agency reports, after he was injured in a motorcycle collision while assisting a police academy course in Prince George’s County.

Cpl. Joseph L. Somerville Jr., a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, suffered incapacitating injuries when the accident occurred at about 1:13 p.m. that day, according to the sheriff’s office, on Baltimore Avenue near Paint Branch Parkway in College Park. Somerville was providing instructor support for a basic motor officer course, hosted by the University of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety Training Academy.

A helicopter crew flew Somerville to the University of Maryland Hospital’s shock-trauma center in Baltimore. The collision is being investigated by the Prince George’s County Police Department.

jwharton@somdnews.com