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Woman injured in crash after police stop pursuit

July 25, 2004

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A woman was critically injured Saturday when her vehicle went off Chestnut Hill Road as she allegedly tried to get away from police, West Virginia State Police said in a news release.

Brenda Nash of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was listed in critical condition at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center Saturday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Deputy C.K. Colbert of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department responded to a call that a possibly intoxicated woman was getting ready to leave the parking lot of the Charles Town Wal-Mart with two children, police said.

Colbert followed the black Chevrolet van and saw it drive erratically on Chestnut Hill Road, police said.

He turned on his emergency lights and siren to try to stop the van. But when the van wouldn't stop, he discontinued the chase because children were inside, police said.

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When he came around a sharp turn, he found that the van had turned over, police said.

State police and emergency medical personnel responded to help. A helicopter flew Nash to Washington Medical Center.

The two children were treated for minor injuries at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., police said.

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