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Newlywed starts serving sentence for traffic offenses

March 20, 2001

Newlywed starts serving sentence for traffic offenses



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Timothy Lee Faith's first year of marriage has been interrupted again as he began serving a six-month sentence Monday for his latest series of traffic offenses.

Last October, Hancock Police whisked Faith from his wedding because of charges stemming from a July car chase.

Faith was convicted Monday of driving on a revoked license, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and speeding. A Washington County Circuit jury deliberated for two hours, court records said.

Judge Donald Beachley sentenced Faith to 18 months for driving while revoked, but suspended all but six months and authorized work release. He levied fines totaling $650 and set probation at three years.

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Earlier this year, Faith served three days in jail for an earlier traffic offense.

Faith, 29, of 2 Clay St., Hancock, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 in Washington County Circuit Court to driving on a revoked license in a November 1999 traffic stop on U.S. 522 when Maryland State Police nabbed him for speeding.

"He tells me he wasn't aware he was revoked," said attorney Edward Button, who represented Faith on that earlier charge and at Monday's trial.

Faith's past record included a 1992 alcohol-related conviction, a 1993 driving while revoked, a 1995 driving while intoxicated and numerous failures to appear for prior court hearings, according to court records.

It was for the charges arising from the July 1 warrant for a 90 mph car chase through three states that authorities handcuffed Faith as he was about to get married on Oct. 21 and took him to the police station in his tuxedo.

The ceremony was held later that day.

The couple held the wedding and reception in the evening, after members of the wedding party paid $2,500 to bail out the bridegroom.

According to charging documents in Washington County District Court, Maryland State Police on July 1 clocked a Ford Escort at 86 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 68.

Police chased the car through Hancock into West Virginia and Pennsylvania before losing it on a back road, charging documents said.

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