Police log 12/31

January 01, 2000

One-car accident leads to charges

A one-car accident early today resulted in drug and traffic charges against the driver, Hagerstown City Police said.

Steve Vincent Dillinger, 21, of 428 W. Franklin St., was uninjured in the 2:37 a.m. accident on Wesel Boulevard at the Noland Co., according to Sgt. Mark Holtzman.

Police said a 1991 Mazda minivan was southbound when it ran up on the guard rail and overturned against a tree.

Four pieces of crack cocaine and $1,500 in cash were discovered, Holtzman said.

Dillinger was charged with driving while intoxicated, having no license, reckless driving, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and obstructing and hindering for allegedly trying to convince police he wasn't the driver.


Officers Brian Hook and Dwayne Freeman determined through their investigation that Dillinger had been behind the wheel.

A female passenger was treated and released from Washington County Hospital.


Deputies respond to theft calls

Thieves ripped off $16,000 worth of karaoke equipment left in a vehicle parked at Turner's Dual Lanes at 1350 Dual Highway Thursday evening.

And to make hauling it away a little easier, they took the vehicle too, according to Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The dark green 1994 Toyota 4-Runner has Maryland plates 961-980M.

* Also Thursday, someone took a radar detector and one CD from a vehicle parked at 310 St. Paul St., Boonsboro, deputies said.


Two injured in I-70 wreck

Two people were taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after their car was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, according to Maryland State Police.

The accident happened just before 3 p.m. and closed one lane, causing oncoming traffic from Interstate 81 to back up and contribute to another accident, which closed a lane and slowed traffic for another half hour, troopers said.

Georgia McNees, 49, of Allegan, Mich., was westbound with an empty trailer when she switched lanes and struck a Nissan 240 SX, which spun around and flipped over, troopers said.

The car's driver, Stephanie Williams, 21, of Havre de Grace, Md., and passenger Scott Fels, 24, of Baltimore, were taken to Washington County Hospital, troopers said.

This morning, Williams was in fair condition. Fels was treated and released, hospital officials said.

McNees, who wasn't taken to the hospital, was cited for making an unsafe lane change, troopers said.

In the second accident, both vehicles were towed but no one was treated for injuries.

That accident, which happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. in the backup on I-81, involved a 1986 Dodge Ram pickup truck, driven by John Leasure, 65, of Oldtown, Md.

That vehicle rear-ended a 1991 Eagle Talon, driven by Stephen Winebrenner Jr., 22, of Mount Savage, Md., troopers said.

Leasure was cited for a seat-belt violation, troopers said.


Car stolen in Hagerstown

A car was reported stolen from in front of a Hagerstown home on Thursday morning, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The gold and tan, four-door 1992 Toyota Camry was parked in the 700 block of Maryland Avenue, police said.

The keys were not in the car, police said.

The car has Maryland plates FDM 696.

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