Police log

November 23, 1997

Car flipped on I-70

A Virginia man was in fair condition at Washington County Hospital on Saturday night after his car flipped over an embankment on Interstate 70, officials said.

Melvin Leroy Winslow, 68, of Salem, Va., was eastbound in the fast lane east of Crystal Falls Drive around 3:28 p.m. when for an unknown reason the blue Buick LaSabre went onto the left shoulder, said Trooper First Class Wayne Smith of the Maryland State Police.

Winslow over corrected and drove across all three lanes of traffic and up an embankment where the car rolled over against two trees, smashing the top in, Smith said.


"Remarkably," there were no fatalities, Smith said.

Winslow's wife Jane, age 69, and her sister Margaret Furst, 56, of Vacaville, Calif., were also taken to the hospital. Jane Winslow was in fair condition and Furst was in good condition Friday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Interstate 70 eastbound was closed for 10 minutes so a Medivac helicopter could land, but no one was transported to the hospital on the helicopter, Smith said.

The left two lanes of traffic were closed for more than an hour.

Also responding were Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Department, Community Rescue Service, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., Myersville Volunteer Fire Co. and Myersville Ambulance.

Car found in City Park lake

A 1991 black Ford Escort was found partially in City Park lake early Saturday morning, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The car, whose front end was in the south end of the lake off City Park Drive, was discovered shortly before 5:30 a.m., police said.

The car's owner, Pamela Kitchen, 19, of 234 Summit Ave., and Benjamin Knox, 19, of 905 W. Washington St., said they left the car at the park with a friend and found it in the lake when they returned, said Patrolman Richard Wolfensberger.

The car was left with Ronald Hoke, 20, of the 400 block of West Washington Street, Wolfensberger said.

Fire in mobile home

MARTINSBURG - Fire fighters were extinguishing a fire in a recreational motor home on Miller Avenue Friday night.

There were no injuries, officials said. No other information was available. Miller Avenue is located off Porter Avenue.

Man arrested at local gas station

HALFWAY - A Kearneysville, W.Va. man was arrested Friday morning after deputies saw a man trying to get inside in a parked car at the Virginia Avenue Shell station in Halfway.

After approaching the man, police said they determined he was under the influence of alcohol, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Daniel Reed Maier, 47, of 715 Fox Glen, was charged with intoxication/endangering self and person's property and unauthorized tampering with a motor vehicle, police said.

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