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'Stop sticks' stop chase

November 04, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A Martinsburg, W.Va., man fleeing from West Virginia State Police late Sunday was stopped on Manor Church Road after Maryland State Police placed "stop sticks" in his path, police said Monday.

Douglas Craig Tedrick, 42, has been charged with possession of stolen property over $300, driving while intoxicated, driving while suspended and revoked, fleeing and eluding and numerous traffic violations, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies.

He was ordered held at the Washington County Detention Center without bond on the charges stemming from the chase. Bond was set at $50,000 on the stolen property charge.

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West Virginia State Police notified authorities in Washington County that they were pursuing a vehicle northbound on U.S. 11. Police said the driver tried to ram their cruisers during that pursuit.

Chased through Williamsport, the vehicle headed toward the Sharpsburg Pike with Washington County sheriff's deputies in pursuit. Maryland State Police troopers were waiting with the stop sticks on the roadway.

When the car ran over stop sticks, the tires were deflated and it came to a stop on Manor Church Road, ending the 15-mile chase, police said.

On Oct. 20, Tedrick was found not guilty of two counts of theft when Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell suppressed evidence linking Tedrick to those crimes because of what he ruled was an improper search.

On April 26, Hagerstown City Police were investigating the theft of a purse from a woman's vehicle on Chestnut Street when word came from the Maryland State Police that Tedrick was in custody with a credit card belonging to the victim.

The search that turned up that card was ruled improper, court records showed.

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