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Car, rig tangle

August 25, 1998

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - U.S. 522 was closed for about an hour and an Orleans, Md., man was charged with drunken driving and numerous other violations after an attempt to elude a speeding ticket Friday night left his car entangled with a tractor-trailer, according to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. on U.S. 522, just north of the U.S. Silica plant, according to Cpl. Jonathan Robbins.

Police attempted to stop a southbound Eagle Talon, driven by Duane Unger, 20, after clocking it at 93 mph, Robbins said.

Unger tried to pass a tractor-trailer on the right but lost control, veered across the road, struck a guardrail and careened into the third axle of the trailer, Robbins said.

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The car was dragged about 460 feet with the rear tires of the trailer, which was hauling a load of hay, lodged in its passenger seat, he said.

Unger was charged with traveling 93 mph in a 55-mph zone, driving under the influence of alcohol, fleeing and eluding law enforcement while under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and other traffic violations, Robbins said.

Neither Unger nor the truck's driver was taken for medical attention, he said.

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