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Man held in wreck at Goodwill

January 08, 2000|By BRENDAN KIRBY

A Hagerstown man who police say crashed into the Hagerstown Goodwill Industries store on North Burhans Boulevard Friday night was charged Saturday with stealing a car, drunken driving and numerous other traffic violations, Hagerstown City Police said.

Steven Stanley Creager, 47, of no fixed address, was arrested at Washington County Hospital, where he was taken after the 10 p.m. accident Friday. He was later moved to the Washington County Detention Center where he was being held Saturday night on $2,500 bond.

Creager is charged with auto theft, theft over $300, driving while intoxicated, fleeing and eluding, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, negligent driving and failure to control speed to avoid a traffic accident, police said.

Officer Johnny Murray, who spotted a Lincoln Continental Saturday that had been reported stolen, said the owner of the car had been contacted. He said the car was probably totaled.

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Murray said that as he called for backup Friday night, the car accelerated and turned onto Burhans Boulevard. It veered into the wrong lane and crashed headlong into the shop at 151 N. Burhans Boulevard.

Murray said police estimated the damage to the store at $20,000.

"That's just a ballpark figure," he said.

Murray said two store windows would have to be replaced and the plumbing would have to be fixed. The crash broke a water main, which caused damage to a row of clothing in the store.

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