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Man faces charges after vehicle crashes into house

April 15, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - A Hancock man was arrested Thursday night after a vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run collision near the Centre at Hagerstown and later crashed into a house just west of town, according to Maryland State Police.

Timothy Lee Faith, 33, of Rice Road, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, failure to stop at red signal, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to stop after accident, negligent driving, and fleeing and eluding police, according to a police news release.

A handcuffed Faith repeatedly yelled, "I didn't do nothin'."

Charges against Faith were filed in connection with two incidents Thursday, said Trooper 1st Class Rob Embly.

Police said troopers responded to the vehicle collision at National Pike and Garland Groh Boulevard just before 7:10 p.m. Police allege Faith drove a 2004 Mazda Tribute through a red light and struck a 1994 Ford Explorer driven by Kevin Peck of Shippensburg, Pa.

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Soon after Peck mentioned contacting the police about the incident, Faith "sped off" from the scene, police allege.

Embly said Peck and a female passenger were injured in the incident and taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment. Embly said he did not know the extent of their injuries, and a Washington County Hospital spokesperson could not be reached late Thursday for comment.

Police said a member of the Hagerstown Fire Department followed Faith's Mazda east on U.S. 40 through Nottingham Road and onto West Washington Street.

A few blocks later, the pursuit ended when the Mazda crashed into a house at 1234A W. Washington St. Faith ran from the scene, police said.

Just before dusk, neighbors crowded around an area adjacent to the corner of the house damage by the Mazda.

William Malott said he was among those who saw the vehicle being driven erratically, nearly crashing into another vehicle, and eventually striking the house.

"He hit the house, jumped out and yelled, 'I didn't do it.' He was hollering," Malott said.

Donna Spigler and her daughter, Casey Hoffman, said they were behind their residence cooking when their quiet night was ended by screeching tires and a loud impact. Hoffman said the man inside the vehicle was behaving in a frantic, angry manner.

"He said, 'I didn't do nothin', why they chasin' me?'" Hoffman said.

While a fidgety and seemingly restless Faith sat in the unmarked police cruiser, troopers looked through the vehicle, which had an overflowing bag of laundry in the storage area, a child safety seat in the rear passenger area and assorted wrappers and empty soda bottles on its floor.

The Mazda, which was towed from the scene, sustained severe front-end damage.

When troopers told Faith that he would be taken to the barrack and charged, he continue to maintain that he "didn't do nothin'."

"Fled on foot, from who? I didn't flee from no police," he said.

Faith also questioned why a fire department vehicle was "chasin' me."

Faith refused to take a preliminary breath test or a Intoximeter test at the state police barrack, according to police.

Though Faith did not physically assault anyone during the incidents, he was "violent during the entire process," Embly said.

Faith was being held at the state police barrack late Thursday awaiting an appearance before a Washington County District Court commissioner, Embly said.

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