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Teens injured, charged after 2-county police chase

September 25, 2002

HANCOCK - Two teenage boys were flown to Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, Md., after they wrecked a suspected stolen vehicle during a police pursuit Monday evening, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said Tuesday.

Benjamin John Cummings, 17, of Damascus, Md., was treated and released, police said. He has been charged as an adult with armed robbery, first-degree burglary and felony theft in connection with an earlier incident in Allegany County Monday.

He was being held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, jail officials said Tuesday.

The other 17-year-old in the car was reportedly still at Memorial Hospital but officials there would neither confirm or deny that.

That teenager, a resident of New Market, Md., was charged with the same offenses. His name wasn't released since he hadn't been served with his charges as of Tuesday evening, police in Allegany County said.

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The blue Chevrolet Lumina was stolen from a Cumberland woman at 5 p.m. Monday and was reported to be headed toward Washington County, being driven recklessly and running other drivers off the road.

First to spot the vehicle in Washington County was Sgt. Shawn Tasker of the Hancock Police Department who pursued the car eastbound on Interstate 68. Sgt. Steve McCarty of Maryland State Police joined the chase at Woodmont Road at around 6 p.m.

Stop sticks were put down east of Sandy Mile Road and when the driver swerved to avoid them, he lost control of the car, which crashed into a tree along I-68, police said.

Police said the two boys had escaped earlier Monday from the Jackson Unit at the Thomas B. Finan Center in Cumberland.

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