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Two men found, charged with fleeing

November 01, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

KEEDYSVILLE - Two men were in custody Sunday after fleeing on foot from Washington County Sheriff's deputies following a traffic stop earlier in the day.

Deputies said they pulled over a purple 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Maryland tags in the area of Md. 34 and Planters Lane near Keedysville at 10:10 a.m. They alleged it was speeding.

The driver, Wesley Allen Green, was unable to provide his driver's license or registration card for the vehicle, deputies said. His passenger, Merky El Madan Matute Leyva, also did not have any identification. Deputies allege he gave them a false name.

Green told the deputies the Cherokee was owned by a cousin who had the same last name.

A check on the license plate showed the vehicle was owned by James Robert O'Neill of 255 Bishops Glen Drive, Frederick, Md.

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It was reported stolen to the Frederick Police Department on Oct. 22.

As officers were placing Green under arrest, he fled on foot, as did Leyva, deputies said.

Several deputies, including a K-9 officer and his dog, "Andi," searched for the men and Green was found hiding in a wooded fence row near the intersection of Porterstown and Geeting roads.

Deputies continued to search for Leyva, focusing on the area of Harvest Court and Planters Lane, where he had reportedly been sighted, but they were unsuccessful.

About 30 minutes later the residents of a Harvest Court home reported a man was hiding inside their garage.

Deputies went to the home and Leyva was taken into custody.

Green, 18, no fixed address, was charged with exceeding the posted speed limit, fleeing and eluding, driving on an expired license, resisting arrest, obstructing and hindering a police officer and theft over $300.

He was being held on $10,000 bond Sunday evening.

Leyva, 18, of 90 Waverly Drive, Frederick, was charged with obstructing and hindering a police officer, fourth-degree burglary and theft over $300.

He was awaiting a bond hearing Sunday evening.

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