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Police nab driver after wild chase

March 23, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer

Maryland State Police captured a man late Saturday after he led police on a wild chase through Hagerstown and Interstate 70.

The chase started when a Hagerstown City Police officer attempted to stop a GMC Jimmy for a traffic violation, police said.

After the officer radioed in the tag number, the license plate came back to a Ford truck, police said.

The vehicle raced through Hagerstown streets with officers attempting to stop the driver, police said.

The driver fled out of town onto I-70 where Maryland State Police troopers and Washington County sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit, police said.

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The driver changed directions several times, crossing the median strip of the interstate highway, police said.

Maryland State Police Cpl. G.L. Barnhart said one state police cruiser was damaged in the pursuit while attempting to stop the vehicle.

No one was injured and the cause of the accident was unknown. Barnhart said he was going to the scene to investigate.

The driver was finally stopped on I-70 near Md. 66 about 11:20 p.m., Barnhart said.

The man was taken to Hagerstown City Police headquarters about 11:30 p.m., police said.

Hagerstown City Police Sgt. Rick Reynolds said he was gathering information about the chase and was unable to answer questions on it late Saturday night.

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