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Police Log 1/23

January 23, 2002

Police Log 1/23

Fender bender leads to charges for city man


It started out as a minor fender bender Tuesday morning when a Toyota pickup truck drifted back into a Hagerstown City Police cruiser at the Wakefield Road stoplight on West Franklin Street.

The situation quickly escalated, with police alleging the driver gave them a phony name and was found to be in possession of several pieces of crack cocaine.

Shortly after the 7:45 a.m. incident, Officers Jason Dietz and Jason Ackerman learned that the driver was Chris Nieves, 26, of 516 W. Franklin St., and that he had no license to drive a vehicle, police said.

Nieves was taken into custody and officers found two individually wrapped medium-sized pieces of crack in his possession, police alleged.

Charges include possession of crack and drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, giving false information and hindering police, no driver's license, negligent driving and failure to control speed, police said.

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Nieves was being held on $75,000 bond Tuesday night at the Washington County Detention Center.


Tuesday sheet metal spill backs up traffic


Maryland State Highway workers spent hours Tuesday morning cleaning up spilled sheetmetal after a tractor- trailer overturned on eastbound Interstate 70 near Bowers Avenue.

Maryland State Police said it was unclear why the tractor-trailer overturned around 1 a.m.

No other vehicles were involved, police said.

The right lane of I-70 was closed during the cleanup and traffic was backed up for several exits, police said.

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