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Williamsport man tackles suspect during police chase

February 07, 1999

WILLIAMSPORT - A Williamsport man assisted police with an arrest Friday afternoon when he tackled a fleeing man, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the incident began when a vehicle driven by William Edwin Adams, 24, who has addresses in Bethlehem, Pa., Shippensburg, Pa., Carlisle, Pa., and Falling Waters, W.Va., was pulled over at about 4 p.m. on U.S. 11. They said the vehicle was stopped because its Pennsylvania registration was obstructed.

Inside the vehicle were numerous vintage rifles and a shotgun, police said.

As Trooper R. R. Coccodrilli investigated, Adams ran from the scene, police said.

While running from Coccodrilli, Adams was tackled by George Vandruff, police said.

A subsequent search of Adams' vehicle revealed two loaded handguns and a stolen video recorder, police said.

Adams was also wanted on three warrants in Pennsylvania, police said.

Adams was charged with transporting a handgun in a vehicle, resisting arrest and theft, police said.

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As of Saturday evening, Adams was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $85,000 bond, police said.

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