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Police shred driver's tires in chase

November 19, 1998

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A police chase came to an abrupt halt early Tuesday when police used steel spikes to shred the driver's tires.

Police charged Tammy Lynn Cain, 30, of Hedgesville, with second-offense driving under the influence, second-offense driving with a revoked license, felony fleeing and assault on a police officer. She was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court and released on $13,000 bond.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Capt. C.E. Keller said a deputy tried to pull over a blue 1984 Nissan Maxima at about 2:38 a.m. for a routine traffic stop on Welltown Road.

When the Nissan failed to stop, the deputy began a slow pursuit that quickly picked up speed, Keller said.

Two other deputies and a West Virginia State Police trooper joined the pursuit and chased the car to Dry Run Road, where the driver got back onto Welltown Road and headed to W.Va. 9.

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The driver allegedly tried to ram one of the police cruisers with her car during the pursuit, Keller said.

The chase ended after a deputy set up a 10-foot stretch of accordion-style stainless steel spikes on W.Va. 9, flattening three tires on the Nissan.

The driver got out and ran but was caught less than 20 minutes after the initial car chase began, Keller said.

The driver refused all alcohol tests, Keller said. No court date has been set for the case.

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