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Man who led police on chase released on bond

July 31, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A haggard Julian Basil Foster Sr. was in obvious pain Wednesday in his second trip to the District Court building that day.

Foster, who is charged with leading police on a three-state vehicle chase on Interstate 81 on Tuesday, was released from custody after his bond was posted Wednesday evening.

Authorities released Foster from the Washington County Detention Center after his $35,000 bond was posted.

A bruised Foster held a white rag over his left eye and complained of severe pain in his ribs as he signed release documents before Commissioner Craig Clevenger.

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Foster's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.Police leveled more than a dozen charges against Foster, including two counts of first-degree assault, in connection with a chase through Frederick County, Va., Berkeley County, W.Va., and Washington County, where his Dodge truck collided with two police vehicles, according to Maryland State Police.

Police said they used "stop sticks" to puncture and flatten the tires of the truck during the three-state chase, which police said reached speeds of more than 100 mph. However, the truck proceeded for several miles until it collided with a police cruiser and a police sport utility vehicle near the Halfway Boulevard exit of Interstate 81

The crash and a subsequent scuffle outside the man's truck on northbound I-81 sent the driver and two state troopers to Washington County Hospital for treatment of injuries, according to police. Both troopers were treated and released from the hospital Tuesday.

Police alleged that Foster was unruly and continued to disobey police orders when he exited the truck and did not respond to the use of pepper spray by troopers to subdue him.

Other charges against Foster include three counts of second-degree assault, driving under the influence, reckless driving, negligent driving, resisting arrest and failing to obey a lawful order, according to court records.

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