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Police led on 8-mile pursuit

March 30, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville woman was arrested Tuesday after a West Virginia State Police trooper was led on a high-speed, eight-mile chase through Berkeley County.

Renee Marie Miller, 27, was charged with several traffic offenses, including driving 40 miles over the speed limit, after police tried to stop a Pontiac Grand Am around 8 a.m. for speeding on Woodbury Avenue in Martinsburg, said State Police Sgt. Jim Humphrey.

The car sped up to 65 mph in a 25 mph zone and continued on to northbound U.S. 11, where the car reached 72 mph in an attempt to pull away from the trooper, Humphrey said.

The pursuit came to an end near W.Va. 901, where another trooper had placed tire-shredding strips to try and stop the car. The driver stopped before hitting the strips, then tried to drive around them but was cut off by a police cruiser.

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Miller was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, reckless driving, two counts of obstructing an officer, speeding and driving with defective equipment after police discovered her front tire had no tread.

Humphrey said Miller had no outstanding warrants and was not intoxicated.

"She just didn't want a ticket," he said.

Miller was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court and held in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg on $2,088 bond.

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