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Man in Thursday chase apprehended at his home

October 09, 2004

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - An Adams County, Pa., man who was charged with eluding police from three area departments during a high-speed chase Thursday morning through parts of Washington and Franklin counties was apprehended Friday morning at his home, Washington Township Police Chief Barry Keller said.

Rex Allen Stoops, 33, of 1110 Iron Springs Road in Fairfield, Pa., escaped on foot in some woods after police forced his car to spin out of control and stop in the yard of a private home Thursday, according to an arrest warrant on file in District Justice Larry Pentz's office.

Stoops was arraigned by District Justice Gary Carter Friday morning on an outstanding warrant from Washington Township Police for simple assault and intimidation of a witness. He was sent to Franklin County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Later Friday, Stoops was arraigned on charges filed by Pennsylvania State Police stemming from the chase. They included fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, careless driving, crossing the center line, driving on a suspended license and failure to stop at a stop sign, according to the warrant.

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Pentz added another $10,000 to the $20,000 bail set by Carter earlier in the day.

The incident began around 1 a.m. Thursday when Washington County Deputy D. Forston began to chase Stoops' maroon Chevrolet Lumina sedan after observing an equipment violation on the vehicle, Keller said Friday.

Forston lost contact with Stoops when his cruiser hit a pole, a sheriff's department spokesman said. Forston suffered minor injuries in the accident.

Washington Township police, alerted about Stoops, spotted his car at around 3 a.m. and gave chase, but lost it eight minutes later, according to the warrant.

Around 3:15 a.m., two Pennsylvania state troopers joined the pursuit south on Pa. 997 near Penn National Golf Course. It ended after the tires on Stoops' car were flattened by spike strips set down by troopers. Stoops ran into some woods and disappeared, according to the warrant.

He was arrested around 2 a.m. Friday without incident at his home by Pennsylvania State Police, Keller said.

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