Police log

January 16, 1997

Police log

Motorist charged in police chase

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A motorist was charged with leading a West Virginia State Police trooper on a brief chase Thursday on Tabler Station Road near the community of Pikeside.

Trooper J.A. Laing was patroling U.S. 11 one mile north of Tabler Station Road when a white Ford automobile went by him at a high rate of speed, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Laing turned around and began pursuing the car, court records said. The driver of the car turned onto Tabler Station Road and accelerated to 70 mph on the icy road, court records said.


The car then turned onto Big K's Road and and continued at a high-rate of speed, court records said. The car slid on the road and struck a row of mailboxes, court records said.

The driver fled on foot through a nearby field before being caught, court records said.

Charles C. Roush, 34, of 800 W. King St., Martinsburg, was charged with second offense driving under the influence, expired insurance, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, reckless driving, obstructing an officer and expired registration, according to court records.

Fire causes damage

INWOOD, W.Va. - Fire caused minor damage inside a home off Mish Road Thursday morning, according to fire officials.

The fire started when a lamp fell on a pile of clothing in the house, which is located in the Spring Meadow subdivision, officials said. The fire, which set off an automatic fire alarm, was contained to a bedroom.

The owner of the house, Kim Hartman, was not home at the time of the 11:56 a.m. blaze, officials said.

Authorities search for stray rabbit

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg Office of Animal Control and the Martinsburg Police Department is seeking the help of the community in locating a stray rabbit that has bitten a resident on Pendleton Drive.

Tuesday morning, a resident in the 300 block of Pendleton Drive stepped onto his porch and found the rabbit eating some cat food, police said. The person was not overly concerned because the rabbit had been observed around the residence on numerous occasions, said police.

The rabbit then bit the person on the lower leg, breaking the skin, police said.

Police are hoping someone in the neighborhood can help officials locate the rabbit and its owners. Otherwise, the victim will have to receive a series of rabies shots as a precaution.

Police are asking anyone who sees the animal or know who it belongs to to contact city police at 1-304-264-2100.


Man crashes car on interstate off-ramp

A Hagerstown man lost control of his car, which flipped on the off-ramp of Interstate 70 Thursday, according to Maryland State Police.

Henry F. Fister, 54, of South Street, drove off the left edge of the ramp at about 4:50 p.m. and then overcompensated to the right, Trooper 1st Class Matt Jones said.

Fister was treated at Washington County Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

"It caused more traffic headaches than anything else," Jones said.

Fister said traffic on U.S. 40 was delayed about five to 10 minutes and the ramp on I-70 was closed for about 20 minutes while the car was removed.

Car strikes two other vehicles

FREDERICK, Md. - A car driven by a Frederick teenager crossed the center line on Mount Phillip Road, striking two vehicles on Thursday, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department

A 1991 Peugot, driven by Christopher Garrett, 17, of 5508 Coral Lane, was headed north on Mount Phillip Road just north of Old Swimming Pool Road at 3:55 p.m. when it crossed the center line, police said. The car struck a 1993 Plymouth van driven by Jennie Lynn Boone, 27, of 5748 Sunset View Lane, Frederick, police said.

The Peugot then hit a 1985 Pontiac, police said. The impact forced the car off the road and jammed the doors, trapping the driver, Denise Renee Leon, 39, of 211 5th Ave., Brunswick, Md., police said.

Rescue workers pried open the door and Leon was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Garrett, and his 15-year-old brother Kevin, were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, police said. The hospital had no information on their conditions on Thursday night.

Boone refused treatment, police said.

Teens charged

SMITHSBURG - A 15-year-old Smithsburg youth, a 15-year-old Cavetown youth and two 16-year-old Cavetown youths were charged late Wednesday for the theft of a $150 skateboard from the back of a home on South Main Street, Smithsburg Police Chief Tommy Bowers said.

One of the 16-year-old youths and a 15-year-old Greensburg youth were also charged with malicious destruction of property over $300 for allegedly breaking the window of the Smithsburg Post Office in November, Bowers said.

All the youths were released to their parents, he said.

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