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Two men charged after police chase

February 15, 2004

Two men were charged Saturday afternoon after leading police on a chase that resulted in an accident in Hagerstown, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

Jermaine Thomas, 20, of 20 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, was charged with numerous traffic charges, including fleeing and eluding police, police said.

Jabazz Robert Parker, 22, of 140 Asch Loop, Bronx, N.Y., was charged with hindering and resisting arrest, police said.

The pursuit began when Trooper 1st Class David Matthews clocked a 2002 Ford Escort doing 75 mph in a posted 50 mph zone, police said.

The car was headed north on Md. 65 (Sharpsburg Pike) near Roxbury Road, police said.

As Matthews attempted to pull the car over, Thomas accelerated and "attempted to elude apprehension," police said.

Matthews continued to follow the car north on Sharpsburg Pike until it entered the City of Hagerstown. The car turned onto Wilson Boulevard and sped down several other city streets, police said.

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Thomas crashed into a fire hydrant at the intersection of Corbett and First streets, disabling the vehicle, police said.

Thomas and Parker, a passenger in the car, got out of the car and ran north on Corbett Street.

The two eventually separated, and shortly thereafter, Thomas took a sharp right turn and ran into the path of Matthews' cruiser, hitting the left front corner of the car, police said.

Thomas fell and was struck by the cruiser, police said.

Police said Thomas wasn't looking when he ran into the cruiser, and ruled that collision unintentional.

Thomas got up and continued running into an alley before being caught by police, police said.

Parker ran through several yards and was caught by Trooper 1st Class Debra Hamby, police said.

Thomas was taken to Washington County Hospital after complaining of injuries, and Parker was taken to the Hagerstown state police barrack, police said.

Police said Parker had been wanted by the Hagerstown Police Department for an armed robbery, and Thomas was wanted by city police for numerous warrants.

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