Police Log - 3/9

March 10, 2003

Vehicle chase in W.Va. ends in crash

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Emergency crews were preparing to fly someone to a hospital after a vehicle being chased by Harpers Ferry Police crashed, according to the Charles Town Police Department.

The wreck happened on Chestnut Hill Road around 10 p.m., police said. No further information was available.

Clear Spring teen escapes flipped SUV

CLEAR SPRING - A Clear Spring man safely climbed out of his sports utility vehicle Saturday evening after he lost control and it overturned in water, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Zachary Rector, 17, of National Pike, was driving a 1993 Ford Explorer on Catholic Church Road around 6 p.m. when the Explorer hit some puddles at the top of the hill near a turn and began hydroplaning, Deputy Jason Crawford said.

As Rector tried to regain control of the Explorer, it hit loose gravel in the road and overturned on its roof in Lanes Run near a bridge, Crawford said. Rector was wearing his seat belt.


SUV lands on side after hitting snow pile

Two women were treated and released from Washington County Hospital on Saturday night after the sports utility vehicle they were in hit a pile of snow and overturned on Maugans Avenue, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Josephine Smith Shockey, 50, of the 23200 block of Ringgold Pike, was driving a 1997 Chevy Blazer around 4 p.m. when the Blazer hit a pile of snow on the side of the road near Mack Truck Road, Deputy Jason Crawford said. Crawford said there is no shoulder on the road there.

As Shockey tried to regain control of the Blazer, it overturned on the passenger's side, Crawford said.

Maugans Avenue was shut down for about 30 minutes while rescuers cut the roof off the Blazer to get the women out, Crawford said. Shockey's passenger was Dolores Shaw Butler, 48, of Allen, Md. Shockey was wearing her seat belt; Butler was not.

One flown to hospital after car overturns

MOUNT AIRY, Md. - One person was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma and another taken by ambulance to Frederick Memorial Hospital on Saturday after a car overturned into a ravine on Md. 144, according to New Market Fire Company.

The accident occurred on Md. 144 near Woodville Road around 3:30 p.m., according to Frederick County Emergency Services.

Pilot ordered to land at airport in Frederick

FREDERICK, Md. - A pilot from Columbia, Md., was ordered to land his single-engine plane at Frederick Airport around 2 p.m. on Saturday because he had violated air space near Washington, D.C., according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Police said the pilot was not aware air space restrictions had been expanded.

The pilot was released, but he may face federal sanctions to his pilot's license, police said.

A U.S. Customs helicopter was dispatched from National Airport to intercept the plane and landed at Frederick Airport, police said.

Windows of schools food service van broken

SMITHSBURG - Two windows of a food service van belonging to the Washington County Board of Education were broken by thrown rocks overnight Friday, according to the Smithsburg Police Department.

The 2001 Ford van was parked in the front parking lot at Smiths-burg High School on North Main Street when the damage, estimated at more than $400, occurred between 7 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Smithsburg Police Department at 301-824-3500 or Washington County Crime Solvers at 301-733-4141.

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