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Deputy injured in chase

driver gets away

January 10, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

A Washington County Sheriff's deputy was slightly injured Thursday evening when his cruiser struck a motorist's car as he pursued another vehicle wanted in an ongoing criminal investigation.

Deputy 1st Class Kevin Morgan didn't require medical treatment after the collison at Frederick Street and Wilson Boulevard around 7 p.m., Sgt. Travers Ruppert said late Thursday.

The vehicle that was being pursued got away, speeding on toward Funkstown on Frederick Street, Ruppert said.

The motorist, Anita Weiss, 22, of Sharpsburg, was unhurt and her 1998 Toyota was driveable, Ruppert said.

At 6:51 p.m., Morgan was in the area of Scarlet Oak Drive in Halfway assisting other deputies in an ongoing criminal investigation when an older model grey GMC Jimmy with temporary Pennsylvania tags and three people inside sped away from the scene.

With Morgan in pursuit, the vehicle sped onto Virginia Avenue and headed northbound toward Hagerstown at speeds of between 70 and 80 mph, Ruppert said. Turning onto Wilson Boulevard, the chase continued to Frederick Street where Weiss was stopped at a red light to make a left turn onto Wilson.

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Seeing and hearing the cruiser's lights and siren coming, Weiss moved her vehicle to the far right lane as the GMC Jimmy made the turn and headed toward Funkstown.

Morgan's cruiser failed to make the turn and hit Weiss' car, Ruppert said.

"Morgan may have had brake failure as he made the turn," Ruppert said. "After the crash, Morgan tried to continue the pursuit but was still having mechanical problems."

Anyone with information about the vehicle being chased may call 240-313-2100.

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