Police Officer Charles R. Ernest

Police Officer Charles R. Ernest

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, January 20, 1965

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Charles R. Ernest

Police Officer Charles Ernest succumbed to injuries sustained seven months earlier when he was crushed between two cars while directing traffic at the scene of an accident at the intersection of Pearl Street and Saratoga Street.

His partner was interviewing the drivers involved in the accident as Officer Ernest was directing traffic around the two vehicles. His partner requested that one of the drivers move his vehicle out of the travel lane. As the man attempted to do so, he inadvertently put the car in drive instead of reverse. The car lurched forward and pinned Officer Ernest and a citizen between the two cars. Both men sustained broken hips and other injuries.

Officer Ernest remained at home on sick leave as a result of his injuries for 221 days. A blood clot, which had formed as a result of the injuries, moved to his heart, causing him to go into cardiac arrest. He was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

Officer Ernest was a WWII veteran and had served with the Baltimore Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 13, 1964

accident scene, directing traffic

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

January 20, 2021

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