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Official pleads guilty to traffic offense

June 11, 1999

Hagerstown's assistant finance director, who complained about his treatment by police during a March 25 traffic stop, pleaded guilty Thursday to two traffic offenses in Washington County District Court.

Ray Foltz Sr. was fined $40 for speeding and $40 for failure to yield for an official vehicle, court records said.

Judge Ralph France reduced the speeding violation to a one-point offense, court records said. He will pay $23 in court costs.

Foltz, 48, filed a complaint against Hagerstown Police Officer Casey Yonkers, accusing him of improperly drawing his gun during the traffic stop.

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Yonkers was cleared of wrongdoing in May after an internal police investigation.

The investigation determined Yonkers acted appropriately when he pointed his gun at Foltz during the traffic stop, said Lt. Robert Frick, who commands the Hagerstown Police Department's Professional Standards Division.

Yonkers acted reasonably in response to what he perceived as a threat to his safety, Frick said.

In the incident, Yonkers turned on his emergency lights and signaled for Foltz to pull over to the side of the road on Burhans Boulevard.

Foltz said he did not immediately stop because Burhans has no shoulder and he did not want to create a traffic hazard. Instead, he said he pointed to the bottom of the hill, indicating he was heading for the entrance of the Lowe's Distribution Center.

After being informed of Yonkers' exoneration, Foltz called for the creation of a civilian review board that would provide an independent examination of officer misconduct in the future.

- Marlo Barnhart

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