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Teacher charged, reassigned

March 02, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

A South Hagerstown High School science teacher has been "administratively reassigned" after being charged with driving while under the influence following an accident Saturday.

Washington County Public Schools spokeswoman Carol Mowen confirmed Monday that the person charged, Eugene Gregory Jr. of 1005 Jefferson Blvd., is a science teacher at the school.

She said the only comment she could make about his employment status was that he has been reassigned and worked Monday. She said she could not provide details about the reassignment because it was a personnel matter.

Maryland State Police alleged Gregory was trying to elude Hagerstown Police Department officers, who observed him driving east on Jefferson Boulevard, east of Cleveland Avenue, about 2 a.m.

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Gregory, whose age was not available, did not have the vehicle's headlights on, state police alleged.

When Hagerstown police gave chase, Gregory accelerated and tried to get to his home, misjudged the distance to the driveway and struck the rear of a state police cruiser involved in a separate traffic stop on Jefferson Boulevard, state police alleged. Gregory's Jeep Cherokee overturned and landed on the hood of the cruiser, state police said.

No one was injured in the crash, state police said.

Messages left for Gregory on his machine Saturday and Monday 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, state police said.

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