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Man charged after police are led on chase in Martinsburg Saturd

December 02, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man is accused of leading police on a chase early Saturday morning that did not stop even after his car collided with a patrol car, Martinsburg Police said.

Curtis Lee Smith, 22, of 74 Tamarac St., was being held without bond Saturday at the Eastern Regional Jail.

The chase began about 1:35 a.m., when the driver of a red 1988 Pontiac Grand Am with no brake lights refused to stop, police said.

As one police car gave chase, the Grand Am was hit broadside by a second police car at the intersection of Burke and Spring streets after failing to stop at a stop sign, police said.

Even though the car was badly damaged, having been smashed into a utility pole, the driver continued to elude police out of the city limits into Berkeley County.

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The driver finally abandoned the car in the 7200 block of Apple Harvest Drive and ran into the woods where the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department took Smith into custody, police said.

Smith has been charged with felony failure to appear for court and numerous traffic charges, police said.

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