Deputy honored for actions during chase

January 30, 1997

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Boyer wasn't expecting to be in a high-speed chase Nov. 13.

But when it happened, Boyer found his training kicked in, right when he needed it.

Boyer was honored Wednesday by his peers and Maryland State Police for his efforts to safely stop an accused bank robber speeding through Hagerstown.

"We followed our policy and Boyer followed his training," said Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades who wrote the letter that resulted in the award.

State police Maj. Frank Moran said it always amazes him how law enforcement officers will step forward to help in crisis situations.


"Boyer put himself where he thought the robber would be," Moran said.

The deputy was eastbound on Jefferson Boulevard when he heard the police broadcast and began the pursuit.

The chase reached speeds of up to 85 mph in a 40 mph zone on Eastern Boulevard.

At about 11:11 a.m., the suspect turned into the alley parallel to North Mulberry Street, but failed to make the 90-degree turn and struck the fence near the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

Boyer stopped about five or six feet away, but when he saw the driver attempting to back up and get away, he drove his cruiser into the back of the suspect's car in an attempt to pin it against the fence, police said.

Boyer was able to corral the accused robber who in turn, rammed the deputy's cruiser three times.

When the accused robber was blocked in and couldn't go anywhere, the man briefly put a gun in his mouth and threatened to kill himself.

Boyer was able to defuse the situation and the suspect was taken into custody without injury to anyone.

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