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W.Va. man hospitalized after two-state chase

May 17, 2001

W.Va. man hospitalized after two-state chase



A chase that began in West Virginia careened through Williamsport early Wednesday before ending along Md. 68 in a collision with a Maryland State Police cruiser.

Roy Wesley Butts, 36, of 306 Bernice Ave. in Martinsburg, W.Va., the driver of the vehicle being chased, was injured and was taken to Washington County Hospital shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday by Clear Spring ambulance personnel.

Butts was under guard Wednesday night at the hospital, where he was listed in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Butts was charged with felony theft, car theft, first- and second-degree assault, destruction of property and resisting arrest, police said.

Lorrie Ann Campbell, 34, of Glengary, W.Va., was charged with felony theft and car theft.

West Virginia State Police contacted Maryland State Police in Hagerstown at 3:18 a.m., saying they were in pursuit of a 1982 Dodge truck on U.S. 11.

The driver was believed to be a suspect in several thefts in Berkeley County during the past few weeks, police said.

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State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department joined in the chase in Williamsport and onto Md. 68.

The chase reached speeds up to 90 mph before Trooper 1st Class J.F. Broadwater was able to pass the truck on Md. 68 at St. Paul Road.

Police said the other driver drove beside the cruiser and intentionally rammed it. The truck went out of control and crashed.

Butts wasn't wearing a seat belt.

No one else was injured.

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