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Trooper rammed during pursuit

December 04, 2000

Trooper rammed during pursuit



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


SHARPSBURG - A state trooper took chase and then was rammed twice on Sharpsburg Pike Saturday evening after trying to stop a Virginia man for allegedly driving without headlights and for a failure to yield a right-of-way.

Charles Brian Johnson, 20, of Midlothian, Va., was charged with first- and second-degree assault, resisting arrest, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, driving without a license, driving while suspended out-of-state, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and other related driving offenses. He is in the Washington County Detention Center on $15,000 bond and was awaiting a bond hearing Sunday.

Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said at 10:15 p.m. a man pulled out of a business's parking lot onto Sharpsburg Pike driving a silver Ford Taurus without his headlights on and not yielding a right of way.

He was spotted by Trooper First Class Scott Bare who then tried to pull the man over. Instead of stopping, the man accelerated southbound, made a U-turn onto Colonel Henry K Douglas Drive and then headed northbound on Sharpsburg Pike as Bare was in pursuit.

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The man drove as fast as 100 miles per hour and ran red lights during the chase. He then pulled into the South Hagerstown High School parking lot and rammed Bare's cruiser twice as he attempted to follow him into the parking lot, police said.

The man managed to leave the parking lot and turned southbound back onto Sharpsburg Pike. He tried to get on Interstate 70 eastbound but wasn't able to negotiate the curve on the exit ramp. The man then drove back onto Sharpsburg Pike heading northbound in the southbound lanes and hit a guardrail after trying to make another U-turn.

Bare was not injured, police said.

The man continued driving and was able to re-enter I-70 eastbound. He sped up for a short distance, but the damage to the car caused him to slow down. He was then stopped by Trooper 1st Class Richard Poffenberger. Trooper 1st Class Charles Stanford assisted.

The man was arrested after a brief scuffle with the troopers and was taken to Washington County Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. He was then put back in police custody.

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