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Car stopped on Interstate 81 in search for guns

October 21, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Maryland State Police closed a portion of Interstate 81 for about 10 minutes Wednesday afternoon so a car suspected of carrying guns could be pulled over at gunpoint by about 10 troopers and checked, Cpl. Wayne Wachsmuth said.

Maryland State Police received a tip at about 3:30 p.m. that the occupants of a purple or blue Chevrolet Lumina had guns and were traveling on the highway around Chambersburg, Pa., Wachsmuth said.

Pennsylvania State Police were told to watch for the car, but they did not spot it, Wachsmuth said. When the suspected car approached U.S. 40 at about 3:40 p.m. on I-81, Maryland State Police spotted it and stopped it, closing down traffic for about 10 minutes, Wachsmuth said.

About 10 troopers pulled over the car at gunpoint, he said. No guns were found in the car after a search, Wachsmuth said.

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"There were no handguns whatsoever, and they were all released without charges," Trooper 1st Class Rob Embly said Wednesday night.

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