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two killed, several arrested for drunken driving on new year's

January 02, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI and DAN KULINs

New Year's Eve turned deadly for two Pennsylvania women and costly for several people arrested for drunken driving and other offenses throughout the Tri-State area.

Barbara Jean King, 47, of Chambersburg, Pa., and Jennifer L. Pine, 17, of Mercersburg, Pa., died after their car slid on ice on State Route 26 in Fulton County, Pa., at 12:05 a.m. on New Year's Day.

State Police were unsure if the accident was alcohol-related.

However, police across Maryland and West Virginia said the holiday was a quiet one compared to other years.

Local law enforcement announced Wednesday a zero tolerance for drunken driving offenses. Officers were on the lookout for reckless driving, speeding, swerving or any indication of intoxication.

Maryland State Police and Washington County Sheriff's deputies each had additional officers patrolling the county over the holiday to crack down on errant motorists.

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In Hagerstown, City Police reported two drunken driving arrests during their midnight to 8 a.m. shift Friday.

State Police at Hagerstown made three DWI arrests.

"It's been pretty quiet for New Year's," Sgt. Terry Hill said.

He said the small number of alcohol-related incidents indicates motorists are being more responsible about drinking and driving.

"It shows that people are aware and having designated drivers. He said there were a few trespassing and disorderly conduct incidents, though.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department had one DWI arrest Thursday night and several noise complaints.

"Its been an average New Year's," deputies said.

State Police at Frederick, Md., reported one drunken driving arrest in Thurmont, Md.

"The enforcement over the years has had an effect. People are using designated drivers more or drinking at home," Cpl. Michael Brennan said.

In Frederick County, the sheriff's office had four DWI arrests over the holiday.

"I think a lot of people are getting the message about New Year's," said Sgt. Tom Winebrenner.

Frederick County Sheriff's deputies had their hands full dealing with a couple's disorderly conduct on New Year's Eve.

Two deputies were allegedly assaulted by a husband and wife after responding to a report of a fight at the Holiday Inn, 5400 Holiday Dr., Thursday, night according to the sheriff's office.

Michael M. Thompson, 32 of Deer Valley Road, Frederick, was charged with disorderly conduct, second-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Ruth L. Thompson, 30, Deer Valley Road, Frederick, was charged with disorderly conduct, second-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Deputies said when they arrived at the hotel at 10:30 p.m. they found a man and woman being disorderly. The man refused to leave the hotel when asked by deputies.

The couple was released on their own recognizance at 6:15 a.m. Friday.

Other arrests in Frederick County over the holiday include two DWI's for the police department and one accident in which a driver struck a telephone pole. No one was injured in the accident.

West Virginia State Police at Martinsburg and Berkeley Springs said the holiday was a relatively uneventful one for them as well.

"A lot of people stayed home or used free taxis to take them home," said police.

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