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Man who resisted arrest in custody

December 22, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART / Staff writer

A man who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase in early November and then escaped on foot is now in custody, being held Monday on $41,000 bond.

Billy Joe Thurmand, 48, who has addresses in Clear Spring and Beckley, W.Va., appeared before Washington County District Judge Noel Spence on Monday in a two-way video bond review from the Washington County Detention Center.

Charges include first- and second-degree assault, resisting arrest, driving while intoxicated and revoked and several counts of fleeing and eluding.

"He also has failed to appear before for court and has two prior convictions for armed robbery," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion.

She asked that the bond remain the same, calling Thurmand a flight risk.

Police stopped Thurmand Nov. 9 at 2 a.m. for speeding at the Huyetts Crossroads Sheetz, U.S. 40 and Md. 63.

Thurmand failed a field sobriety test at that time, police said.

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But before police could make an arrest, Thurmand jumped into his vehicle and took off, police said.

At speeds of more than 100 mph, police chased the car west on U.S. 40 and north on Rockdale Road, police said.

The car crashed into a brush pile just south of Broadfording Road and Thurmand fled on foot, police said.

Police could not find him with the help of a Maryland State Police helicopter and search dog, police said.

Police later learned Thurmand was wanted on other charges and his driver's licenses were suspended in both West Virginia and Maryland, police said.

"I'm no flight risk ... I'm working at the college," Thurmand said. He didn't specify which college.

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