Police log for 1/25

January 25, 2002

Police log for 1/25

Driver unhurt after car gets stuck under truck

A Pennsylvania man went for the ride of his life Thursday evening when his Toyota Corolla was dragged nearly a half mile on Interstate 81 lodged under a tractor-trailer, Maryland State Police said.

Jeremy Michael Barberio, 20, of Waynesboro, Pa., was uninjured in the 6:27 p.m. accident north of the U.S. 40 interchange.

Trooper 1st Class R.O. Fraley said Barberio was northbound in the slow lane when he began to overtake the tractor-trailer, which was traveling in the fast lane.

As Barberio's car pulled alongside the truck, Barberio apparently tried to pass a car in front of him, forgetting that the truck was still beside him in the fast lane, Fraley said.

At that point, Barberio's car went under the tractor-trailer just ahead of the rear wheels.

The trucker, who was from Quebec, Canada, applied his brakes slowly so they wouldn't lock up, Fraley said. The truck and car came to a stop about a half mile up the road.


"I think Mr. Barberio was happy with his $70 ticket for unsafe lane change when he realized what could have happened to him," said Fraley.

The Toyota was destroyed while the truck sustained little damage, Fraley said.

Hagerstown City Police say a man was assaulted in his apartment at 233 Alexander St. Thursday evening.

Gary Lee Wirt was taken to Washington County Hospital shortly after the 6:19 p.m. incident, police said.

At 8 p.m., a nursing supervisor said Wirt, 47, was being assessed in the emergency room, but likely would be admitted for further treatment.

Anyone with information about the incident may contact police at 301-790-3700 or Crime Solvers of Washington County at 301-733-4141.

Hydraulic unit, lawn mowers reported stolen

Washington County Sheriff's deputies said they investigated the following incidents this week.

- On Monday a $1,400 hydraulic unit was taken from a snow plow at Shifler Equipment Inc. on National Pike.

- Two lawn mowers and a John Deere Gator six-wheel tractor were reported missing Tuesday from Carlisle and Martin in Maugansville. The items were valued at $25,000, a deputy said.

- Windows at 470 Mountain Road Apt. 3 on the Fort Ritchie Army base were smashed Tuesday. The windows were valued at $1,800, a deputy said.

- The window of a 2001 Dodge pickup truck was smashed Tuesday while the pickup was parked at the Fountainhead Shopping Center.

- A stereo, valued at $200, was stolen from a Chevrolet pickup truck parked on Village Mill Drive on Wednesday.

- A $200 window on a 1995 Mitsubishi Diamonte parked on Linwood Road was smashed Wednesday.

- A $3,200 film projector was stolen from Gateway Ministries Wednesday.

- A coin machine at the College Plaza Laundromat near Robinwood Drive was stolen Wednesday. About $100 in coins were taken.

- A would-be burglar attempted to break into a Bower Avenue home recently. The resident returned home Wednesday to find his front door damaged, a deputy said.

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