Police Log 6/20/04

June 20, 2004

Eight charged with DUI in sobriety check

Eight people were charged with driving under the influence Friday night and early Saturday at a sobriety checkpoint, police said.

The checkpoint was conducted on U.S. 40 and Crest View Road by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Maryland State Police and the Hagerstown Police Department.

Pa. woman thrown from a motorcycle

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A 42-year-old Neelyton, Pa., woman was flown to the hospital Friday after she was thrown off a motorcycle just south of the Huntingdon County line on U.S. 522 in Fulton County, police said.

Pennsylvania State Police in McConnellsburg said Elizabeth Degroff was southbound on U.S. 522 at about 11:25 a.m. when the motorcycle traveled off the road and onto a gravel berm, throwing Degroff from the motorcycle.


Degroff was treated at Fulton County Medical Center, then flown to Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, Pa., for further treatment, police said.

Police said Degroff was wearing a helmet.

Teen faces charges after police chase

FREDERICK, Md. - A 15-year-old male from Middleburg, Va., led police on a chase through Frederick-area streets in a stolen car early Friday, the Frederick Police Department said in a written statement.

A Frederick police officer saw a red Acura go through a stop sign at the intersection of College Avenue and Rockwell Terrace at about 4:02 a.m., police said.

When the officer tried to stop the vehicle in the 500 block of Rosemont Avenue, the vehicle accelerated and continued to travel west on Rosemont Avenue, police said.

A police pursuit followed westbound to Md. 17, and the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police joined the chase near the intersection of Md. 17 and Old Harmony Road, police said.

The vehicle turned west onto Alternate U.S. 40 in Middletown, Md. The pursuit ended at the intersection of Alternate U.S. 40 and Brookridge Drive when the vehicle hit two Maryland State Police automobiles and became disabled, police said.

Police allege the juvenile stole the vehicle from an Exxon station in Middleburg.

The Exxon station had been burglarized and the keys, along with several other items, were stolen from the business, police said.

The teen was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to stop at a steady red signal, reckless driving, driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable/prudent speed, attempt of driver to elude police officer in an official police vehicle, theft of motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of assault in the second degree, three counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of malicious destruction of property and theft of under $500.

A juvenile female passenger in the car was turned over to her parents, police said. The female was reported as a runaway to the Leesburg (Va.) Police Department, police said.

Fire damages Conservit equipment

Conveyor belts and machinery inside Conservit Inc.'s building were significantly damaged by fire Saturday night, Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Leonard Heller Jr. said.

The fire was caused by burning embers from metal being ground up getting into the building via the conveyor belt, Heller said.

No one was injured and the building's structure is OK, he said.

Heller said 31 firefighters from companies, including Halfway and Funkstown, had the fire out within 25 minutes by using foam.

The fire at the scrap metal recycler at 18656 Leslie Drive off Sharpsburg Pike was reported to 911 at 7:33 p.m., a 911 dispatcher said.

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