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Three face charges after police chase

July 26, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Three men face drug and gun charges after a police chase Thursday night that began in Williamsport, according to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Michael P. Springer, 19, of 150 Hoffman Road, Falling Waters, W.Va.; Joshua C. Grubbs, 20, of Falling Waters; and Brandon L. McKendrick, 18, of 13819 North Valley Drive, Hagerstown, each are charged with two counts of drug possession and two counts of carrying a handgun in a vehicle, police said in the press release.

Cpl. James Grimm saw three men drive past him in a blue Nissan pickup at Potomac and Conococheague streets. Because none was wearing a seat belt, Grimm stopped the car, Police said.

On Potomac Street near Artizan Street, Grimm saw the pickup accelerate and pass a car in a no-passing zone, police said. The truck turned onto Peach Tree Lane and then Cloverton, where it came to a stop in a residential driveway.

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The occupants got out of the pickup, and Grimm and Deputy 1st Class Mark Price chased and caught them near the Williamsport Exxon in the first block of East Potomac Street, police said.

Police said that when searching the area after catching the men officers found a small clear plastic bag believed to contain crack cocaine and a wrapper containing what was believed to be marijuana.

Police also found two pistols - a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson and a .44-caliber Ruger Blackhawk revolver - on Cloverton Lane after a resident called.

Police found that Grubbs had posted bond earlier in the day at the Washington County Detention Center. According to jail records, he had paid a fine related to a misdemeanor theft.

Springer was being held at the detention center Friday on $10,000 bond. McKendrick was released Thursday on $5,000 unsecured bond. Grubbs was released Friday on $5,000 bond.

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