In yesterday's edition of The Herald-Mail, reporter Clyde Ford described what happened after Shepherdstown Police Officer Billy Carper decided to pursue a 1997 Ford Mustang with an extra-loud muffler. Instead of stopping when Carper turned on his flashing lights, the vehicle fled. The chase eventually resulted in the capture of two suspects in the murder of Theodore "Ted" Compton, which is a good thing. But there's another point to consider.
At one point, the chase reached speeds of 120 miles per hour on W.Va. 9, a winding, hilly road that is dangerous even at the posted speed limit. Jefferson County Deputy Mark Roby said he was able to keep up only because the driver kept getting caught behind slower-moving traffic. Some suspects aren't so respectful of other drivers.
On Saturday, Hagerstown police chased a suspect who led them on a high-speed trek they say featured wrong-way travel on one-way streets and an attempt to ram pursuing police vehicles.