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Driver in Pa. chase faces multiple charges

February 15, 1998

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police filed charges against a Shippensburg, Pa., man involved in a pursuit on Thursday in which the driver went through a school yard to evade police.

Travis O. Martin, 18, of 92 Mountain Road, was charged with fleeing and eluding police, reckless endangerment, a stop sign violation and three traffic light violations in connection with the chase, police said.

The pursuit began at 12:09 p.m. when a 1998 Dodge Avenger ran a red light at the intersection of Second Street and Lincoln Way East. According to the report filed by Chief Michael DeFrank, who was involved in the chase, the car was pulled over at the King Street Elementary School.

While the citation was being written, however, the driver fled, driving through the school yard, the report said. The car was chased northward out of the borough, where Pennsylvania State Police picked up the chase.

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The car was located on Rice Road in Southampton Township, and a state trooper caught the driver after a short chase on foot.

Borough police filed charges against Martin at District Justice Gary Carter's office. State police had not filed any charges against Martin Friday.

State police said Martin injured himself while he was in the back of a patrol car after he was apprehended.

A spokeswoman at Chambersburg Hospital said Martin was treated and released.

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