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Man charged in crash a former sheriff candidate

March 13, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man who was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol following a two-car crash in Washington County Tuesday night ran unsuccessfully for the Jefferson County sheriff's job and works part-time for the Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) Police Department, officials said.

Kevin Andrew Alden, 50, also was charged with failure to drive right of center following the crash, said Maryland State Police.

Alden lost to Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober in the race for sheriff in November of 2000.

Alden also used to work for the Harpers Ferry Police Department.

Police said Alden was driving a 2000 Jeep Wrangler south on Md. 67 near Brownsville at about 11:15 p.m. when the Jeep crossed the center line and struck a 1995 Hyundai Elantra driven by Aaron Todd Leigh, 29, of Main Street, Boonsboro.

Alden was flown by helicopter to Washington County Hospital, and Leigh was flown to the University of Maryland Center in Baltimore.

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Alden was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital Wednesday night and Leigh was listed in serious but stable condition at the University of Maryland Center in Baltimore.

Leigh was trapped in his car for nearly an hour before being freed from the wreckage, state police said.

Md. 67 was closed to traffic for more than two hours while police investigated the scene and removed the cars, police said.

Alden has worked part time for the Berkeley Springs Police Department for less than a year, said Susan Webster, mayor of Berkeley Springs, also known as the town of Bath.

"Officer Alden was always a positive influence on our police force. There was never any problems," Webster said Wednesday night.

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