Police log in 12/22 Morning Herald

December 22, 2000

Police log in 12/22 Morning Herald

Man in critical condition after Wednesday accident

A Hagerstown man was in critical condition Thursday evening at Washington County Hospital after the minivan he was driving left the road and became airborne Wednesday night west of Hagerstown, according to Maryland State Police.

The driver's head became pinned between the 1995 Ford Aerostar minivan and the ground, police said.

State police were hoping to hear from the three unidentified men who stopped and pushed the minivan back onto its wheels.

The three men and anyone else with information about the accident are asked to call Maryland State Police Trooper First Class Robert Fraley at 301-739-2101.

Donald Ray Purdham, 41, was westbound on Md. 144, also known as West Washington Street, around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when the minivan failed to pass a curve safely just before U.S. 40, police said.


The minivan crossed the eastbound lane, left the road and skidded in circles before going airborne for approximately 45 feet, police said.

The front end of the van hit the ground and came to rest on the driver's side.

The van was owned by Allegany Door & Hardware Co.

Despite recent snow and ice, police said the road was dry and not a factor in the collision.

Sheriffs investigate break-in at Funkstown residence

FUNKSTOWN - A Funkstown man came home at 4:39 this morning to discover his home in the first block of East Green Street had been broken into and entered, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Police said there was no damage to the home, but $60 in loose change had been stolen.

Volkswagens broken into at Dual Highway dealership

The Washington County Sheriff's Department received a report Wednesday around 7:30 a.m. that three Volkswagen vehicles were broken into at Sharrett Inc. at 1333 Dual Highway, police said.

Nothing appeared stolen, police said.

Guns, walkie-talkies taken from truck in Maugansville

MAUGANSVILLE - Two guns, two Motorola hand-held walkie-talkies and a Sony video camera worth a total of $1,500 were reported stolen from a pickup truck Wednesday morning at Garden Spot, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The two guns stolen from a home in the 13600 block of Daisy Circle were a .44-caliber Navy Colt and a .54-caliber Hawken black powder rifle, police said.

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