State police arrest wanted man they say fled accident

November 28, 2000

State police arrest wanted man they say fled accident


A man who was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over in a traffic stop last Nov. 19 turned out to be wanted on warrants in three Maryland counties - including Washington County - charging him with fleeing an accident and failing to help victims, according to Maryland State Police.

Donald Elwood Tabler III, 32, of 3004 Greenspring Drive, Lot 47, Martinsburg, W.Va., was being held on $30,000 bond Sunday at the Washington County Detention Center.

Tabler was captured shortly after he fled from authorities on Nov. 19 during a traffic stop in the Halfway area. He was the passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for an improperly mounted rear license plate.

Police said a check of his license showed he was wanted on warrants in Washington, Frederick and Montgomery counties issued in March 1999.


The Washington County warrant was filed for traffic charges stemming from a Jan. 14, 1999 accident.

A warrant in Montgomery County was issued against Tabler charging him with failure to appear on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, felony theft, and unauthorized use.

A warrant for Tabler was issued in Frederick County charging him with driving while intoxicated and driving with a revoked license, deputies said.

In the Jan. 14, 1999, accident in Washington County, Tabler was driving a van south on the sleet-covered Greencastle Pike in Williamsport when he struck another van driven by Diana Sellers of Williamsport injuring her and her passengers.

He then walked 1/4 mile from the scene to Maryland Paper and called a family member for a ride, charging documents said, police said.

Police allege Tabler never checked on the occupants of the other vehicle in the accident or called for help.

An employee at Maryland Paper called Maryland State Police and told them about Tabler's phone call to his family.

Police drove around area and found the accident scene. In Tabler's van was a Bible with his name and picture in it, police said.

The Maryland Paper employee identified the man in the picture as being Tabler, charging documents said.

Tabler's charges in the accident include: failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving injuries, failure to return and remain a the scene of an accident involving a vehicle damage, failure to assist an person injured in an accident, failure to reduce speed in dangerous weather, negligent driving, driving on suspended license and driving on a revoked out of state license.

Tabler also faces charges of hindering a police officer, resisting arrest and two counts of second-degree assault, resulting from his arrest Nov. 19, when police said he resisted and punched two deputies in the face.

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