Police log

June 10, 1999

Pa. man faces charges in chase

Determined to elude police in a two-state chase late Wednesday, a 28-year-old Orrtanna, Pa., man was only stopped after police rammed his vehicle on an Interstate 81 ramp and disabled it.

Alfred Ray Ward, of 1510 Mountain Road, was being held this morning at the Maryland State Police barracks in Hagerstown awaiting an appearance before a bond commissioner.

Charges include driving while intoxicated, possession of crack and drug paraphernalia and numerous traffic citations, police said.

At 10:30 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police began chasing a vehicle on southbound I-81 and headed into Maryland. MSP, assisted by Washington County Sheriff's deputies, began using stop sticks at Showalter Road but the vehicle eluded them.


Stop sticks again failed at Halfway Boulevard and again at the I-70 interchange, police said.

Then the vehicle crossed the median and began traveling southbound in the northbound lanes, making a U-turn on I-81 and heading onto a ramp to U.S. 11, police said.

It was then the decision was made to ram the vehicle.

Ward was taken into custody without incident.


Bicyclist, 15,injured in mishap

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - A 15-year-old bicyclist was injured early Wednesday evening when he cross in front of a vehicle on the Arnoldstown Road.

Matthew Campbell, 15, of Jefferson, struck the side of Janet Franklin's Ford in the 5:45 p.m. accident, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Campbell was flown to Washington County Hospital by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter. His condition this morning after surgery was apparently unavailable but he was described as stable by hospital officials.

The accident cause has been ruled bicyclist error.


City man held on assault charge

A Hagerstown man was being held today on assault charges after a domestic dispute Wednesday afternoon, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said troopers arrived at Eakle's Drugs on Virginia Avenue for a report of a domestic assault at 1:30 p.m.

Beatrice Hurd, 22, of 17404 Fair Oaks Court, told police she was hit on the head with a baton resembling a night stick. She had a swollen bump on her forehead but refused medical treatment, police said.

Police found Roy Lee Hurd, 38, in a storage trailer in a wooded area on Nursery Road.

Hurd, also of 17404 Fair Oaks Court, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

He was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $15,000 bail.


Reward offered in break-in

A reward of $10,000 is being offered for information on the break-in at the Cascade Post Office reported on Wednesday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Someone got into the lobby and then attempted to break into several stamp machines. Some computer parts were stolen and a lot of damage was done, deputies said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 301-791-3300.

Woman remains hospitalized

A Cumberland, Md., woman remained hospitalized today in serious condition at Washington County Hospital following a Tuesday morning accident on Interstate 70 near Md. 615.

Debra Faith Fox, 39, of 215 Charles St., was hospitalized after her station wagon struck a construction truck that was parked on the shoulder of I-70, Maryland State Police said.


Three-wheeler reported stolen

A three-wheeler was stolen earlier this week from a home in the 600 block of Antietam Drive, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

The 1985 Honda 200X is red, white and blue with a gold front wheel and dented fenders. It is valued at $800.


Bicyclist blamed in Pa. accident

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An investigation by the Chambersburg Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team blames a bicyclist for a May 31 accident in which he was injured in a collision with a fire engine.

Daniel Fleming, 55, of St. Thomas, Pa., was in satisfactory condition at York (Pa.) Hospital.

Police said the fire truck was stopped at a red light and started to turn right onto Second Street when the light went green. Fleming was traveling west on Lincoln Way East and struck the passenger's side of the vehicle.

Fleming and his bicycle became trapped under the truck.

The report said police consulted with the Franklin County District Attorney's Office and Fleming faces no charges in connection with the accident.


Man wanted in Ga. held in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man wanted on a fugitive warrant from Georgia was taken into custody by Chambersburg police Tuesday and is facing additional charges stemming from his capture.

The report said Johnny Charles Thomas, 24, address unavailable, was found on Redwood Drive at about 6 p.m. He was wanted on drug charges in Lowndes County, Ga., according to police.

Thomas was also charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and escape, police said. The report said he fled from and then fought with police.


Two women injured in accident

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