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Police report few accidents over New Year's holiday

January 03, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Perhaps it was a combination of the high visibility of police officers and low visibility spawned by disagreeable weather that kept the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day holidays fairly routine for law enforcement agencies in the Tri-State area.

But whatever it was, area police were not disappointed.

"We made four alcohol-related arrests on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day," said Sgt. Steve McCarty of the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown.

There were few accidents over the holiday, McCarty said. And the ones that did occur were minor like the tractor-trailer that ran into the rear of another rig on eastbound Interstate 70 just west of Md. 63 Thursday.

No one was injured, McCarty said.

Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg and McConnellsburg reported no fatal accidents over the New Year's holiday. Spokesmen at both barracks described holiday calls as routine.

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Even though extra officers were on the road for the holiday, Cpl. Dan Faith of the Washington County Sheriff's Department reported nothing out of the ordinary.

In the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, traffic calls were handled without any major incidents, a dispatcher for the West Virginia State Police said.

Hagerstown City Police did get some calls early Thursday from Forest Drive residents reporting several car windows had been broken overnight.

Although very little was taken, police are still investigating and ask anyone who might have seen anything suspicious between 2 and 7 a.m. Thursday to call 301-790-3700.

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