Teen in court over high-speed chase

January 30, 1997


Staff Writer

A 17-year-old girl who was arrested after a high-speed chase into Sharpsburg last November told a Washington County Circuit judge Wednesday she had no explanation for her actions that night.

"I was speeding and I didn't want to get caught," the distinguished honor roll student told Judge Frederick C. Wright III.

Marijuana and a smoking pipe were found in the car after it was stopped around 10 p.m. on Nov. 12.

"I forgot the stuff was in the car or I'd have thrown it out the window," she admitted candidly.

The girl admitted to fleeing and eluding police and possession of marijuana. She was placed on supervised probation for six months and ordered to submit to an addictions evaluation.


The incident began when Washington County sheriff's Deputy John Martin recorded a car traveling on the Sharpsburg Pike near Monroe Road at 78 mph, Martin said.

The chase continued south as the girl's car passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone and proceeded into Sharpsburg on Chapline Street, deputies said.

On Gen. Stuart Court, the car went out of control in a grassy area and came back onto the roadway, Martin said.

"My parents took away my car and my driving privileges," the girl told the judge. She said she is working to repay her parents for the damage to the car when she ran it into a ditch that night.

Wright asked her about her drug use and she admitted using marijuana as recently as 2 1/2 weeks ago.

"I got into trouble for that too," she said.

She said she tried LSD once but doesn't like the taste of alcohol and never uses it.

In exchange for the pleas, additional charges of speeding, illegal passing, failure to yield and reckless driving were dropped.

The Herald-Mail Articles