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State police take part in two chases

March 07, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART and JULIE E. GREENE

In a span of two hours late Friday and early Saturday, Maryland State Police in Washington County were involved in two high-speed chases that started in Berkeley County, W.Va.

In each case, the incidents ended with arrests. A police cruiser suffered minor damage in one chase, but there were no injuries, police said.

The first incident began at 11:23 p.m. on Edwin Miller Boulevard near Hoss's Family Steak and Sea House in Martinsburg, W.Va., when police tried to stop a car for having a headlight out, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies.

The gray Chevrolet was pursued onto Interstate 81 northbound into Maryland, with state police joining the chase. The vehicle spun into the median near the Interstate 70 interchange and the driver fled on foot, police said.

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He was found under a vehicle in a storage lot on Md. 144, police said.

Joseph Lee Lockett, 21, of Martinsburg, was charged with fleeing and eluding police, driving without a license, driving while suspended, speeding, negligent driving and several registration violations, police said.

Lockett was being held Saturday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $20,000 bond, jail officials said.

The second chase began Saturday around 1:30 a.m. on Winchester Avenue in Martinsburg when a Berkeley County Sheriff's department cruiser approached a vehicle at a closed service station.

A pursuit began there and again headed into Maryland, where the fleeing vehicle swerved into a police cruiser, causing about $500 damage, according to Trooper First Class Kyle George.

The pursuit finally ended on Dam No. 4 Road when stopsticks were used to flatten the fleeing vehicle's tires.

Stephen Charles Heaton, 23, of Pennersville Road in Cascade, was charged with fleeing and eluding, driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, first-degree assault, malicious destruction of property and other traffic citations, police said.

Heaton was being held Saturday night at the Washington County Detention Center on $75,000 bond, jail officials said.

Heaton's passenger, Adam Wayne Orndorff, 23, also of Pennersville Road in Cascade, fled the vehicle after it was stopped, and later was found ringing doorbells on Woburn Road.

Orndorff was charged with disturbing the peace, but not jailed, police said.

- Marlo Barnhart and Julie E. Greene

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