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Bench warrant issued for no-show at trial

October 15, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A bench warrant was issued Thursday by a Washington County Circuit judge for the arrest of a Greencastle, Pa., man who failed to appear for trial on allegations that he intentionally and repeatedly rear-ended another man's vehicle in April.

Charles Allan Gordon, 42, whose last known address was 12740 Molly Pitcher Highway in Greencastle, was charged at the time of his arrest with three counts of first-degree assault; three counts of second-degree assault; malicious destruction of property, valued more than $500; driving while impaired; reckless driving; negligent driving; driving while suspended; and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, according to court documents.

Gordon had been released from the Washington County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond prior to his scheduled appearance in court for trial Thursday, according to court documents. Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered on Thursday that the bond be forfeited and issued a bench warrant for Gordon's arrest.

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According to charging documents, on April 2 at 9:49 p.m., a man who had turned onto Md. 66 from U.S. 40 felt a vehicle "tap" his car in the rear and then felt the vehicle, later identified as Gordon's 1995 Chevrolet Tracker, do it again. The alleged victim pulled his car onto the shoulder to allow Gordon to pass, but instead Gordon pulled behind the alleged victim, according to charging documents.

The alleged victim told police that at that point, he pulled back onto Md. 66, fearing for his family's safety, but this time Gordon allegedly "rammed the vehicle a third time causing extensive damage," according to charging documents.

The alleged victim, after running a red light fearing he would be rammed again, pulled into Alex's Convenience Store in Boonsboro, at which time Gordon chased him "around the gas pumps several times before leaving the lot and going north on (Md.) 66," according to charging documents.

Once Gordon was found, he told police that he had been rammed first by the alleged victim, who then passed him, according to charging documents. Gordon "then rammed the victim in retaliation," according to charging documents. Gordon was tested to see if he had been drinking at the time of the alleged offense and the test showed that he had a .20 blood alcohol content, according to charging documents.

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