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An argument stemming from social media posts resulted in multiple people getting pepper-sprayed and one person being sent to a hospital.

At 2 a.m. Aug. 21, a woman and eight of her friends traveled to Waldorf from Silver Spring in a Dodge Charger to continue an argument with the father of the woman's child and some of his friends that originally took place online, according to information from the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said that the two groups met in the area of Oak Drive in Waldorf. The argument escalated into an altercation in which someone from each group allegedly sprayed pepper spray on everyone involved.

She said it is believed that during the fight, someone from the group with the father was assaulted and received a “significant eye injury.”

Richardson said that based on information from various accounts of the story, the mother and her friends left the scene. The woman allegedly lost control of her vehicle and crashed in a field off Substation Road in Waldorf. One person from the car was injured in the accident and sent to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Richardson said that based on various accounts, the other group appeared at the field and the altercation continued.

She said that at this time, the exact details are unclear because there were 15 to 18 people involved in the fight and there are about 15 different accounts.

“One thing that is clear is that a couple of people were assaulted. ... Everything else is a bit sketchy,” she said.

Richardson said that both groups of people ranged in age from teenagers to young adults.

gphillips@somdnews.com