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Man crashes into police cruiser

February 29, 2004|by TAMELA BAKER and ANDREW SCHOTZ

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In an early-morning crash Saturday, a Hagerstown man's car landed on top of a Maryland State Police cruiser on Jefferson Boulevard, police said.

State Police said in a news release that Eugene Joseph Gregory Jr., of 1005 Jefferson Blvd., allegedly was trying to elude Hagerstown Police, who had observed him driving eastbound on Jefferson Boulevard, east of Cleveland Avenue, at about 2 a.m.

Gregory, whose age was not available, allegedly did not have his headlights on.

When Hagerstown Police chased him, Gregory allegedly accelerated and tried to get to his home, misjudged the distance to the driveway and struck the rear of a State Police cruiser that was involved in a separate traffic stop on Jefferson Boulevard.

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Gregory's Jeep Cherokee overturned and landed on the hood of the cruiser, police said.

Trooper 1st Class Dave Matthews was in the driver's seat of the cruiser and intern Matthew Belin was in the passenger seat, police said.

No one was injured in the crash.

Police said Gregory is a science teacher at South Hagerstown High School.

Washington County Public Schools spokeswoman Carol Mowen said there is a teacher at South High named Eugene Gregory Jr., but she could not confirm that he is the person who was arrested.

She said the school system had no further comment on the arrest.

Attempts to reach Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, South High Principal Michael Shockey and school board members Edward Forrest and Bernadette Wagner on Saturday were not successful.

Two messages left for Gregory at his home phone number were not returned.

Gregory was charged with driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, driving at a speed greater than reasonable and failing to control speed to avoid a collision.

It was not clear whether Gregory was released after his arrest. A spokeswoman at the Washington County Detention Center Saturday night said he was not being held there.

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