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High-speed chase ends in charges for W.Va. driver

April 12, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., woman was arrested following a police pursuit that reached speeds of 90 mph through parts of Shepherdstown and Sharpsburg early Thursday, police said.

Theresa Lynn Smith, 32, 1306 Virginia Ave., Martinsburg, was charged with five counts of failure to stop for a stop sign, failure to stop for an emergency vehicle, reckless driving, left of center and possession of a controlled substance, said Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Smith was free on $5,000 bond Thursday night.

The chase started at about 2:24 a.m. when area police were notified of a car that eluded Martinsburg Police and Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies and was heading toward Shepherdstown, Shepherdstown Police patrolman Robert Maraugha said.

Maraugha joined Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker in the pursuit of the 1990 Ford Probe at West High and Duke streets, said court records.

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The chase headed into Maryland on Md. 34 toward Sharpsburg, according to a criminal complaint.

The pursuit turned onto Md. 65 for about a mile and then returned south toward Sharpsburg, then west on Md. 34 toward Shepherdstown, the complaint said.

During the chase, Maraugha said he clocked the driver traveling in excess of 90 mph, crossing the center line on several occasions and failing to stop for a stop sign three times, according to the complaint.

As the car was re-entering West Virginia, another Shepherdstown Police officer put a set of "stingers," a tire deflating device, in the road.

The car drove over the stingers, causing the two front tires to go flat, the complaint said.

The car stopped and Smith was arrested, the complaint said. Less than 15 grams of marijuana was found on a console of the car, the complaint alleged.

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