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W.Va. man is charged after chase

August 09, 2003

FREDERICK, Md. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was charged Thursday after a high-speed chase in which a police cruiser was struck and the pursued vehicle repeatedly drove into oncoming traffic, Maryland State Police said.

No one was hurt, police said.

Paul Wayne Anders Jr., 30, was charged with numerous traffic offenses including attempting to elude police, speeding and reckless driving. He was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

The chase began about 11:30 a.m. on Interstate 70 near Md. 32 in Howard County when a trooper noticed that a 1993 Hyundai Excel was improperly registered, police said. The pursuit headed west on I-70 and reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

Maryland State Police and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office set up stop sticks on westbound I-70 at the Monocacy River, but the car avoided them by driving in the median, police said. The Hyundai then hit a cruiser driven by Trooper Todd McNairn of the Maryland State Police Auto Safety Enforcement Division, police said.

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The pursuit continued west on I-70 and then onto westbound U.S. 340 with speeds reaching 110 mph. The pursued vehicle crossed the median strip into oncoming traffic to avoid being stopped, police said.

When the car crossed the median of U.S. 340, 1/4-mile east of Md. 17, it crashed into a concrete culvert on the eastbound shoulder.

The driver started running, but police caught him about 1/2-mile away.

A passenger, Deanna Marie Shanholtz, 26, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, police said.

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