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Police briefs - afternoon

May 03, 2005

Car theft suspect captured after high-speed chase today


A series of events early this morning led to the capture of a 21-year-old Frederick County man after a chase that began in Frederick County and ended with a foot chase along U.S. 40 east of Hagerstown, Maryland State Police said.

Brandon Leigh Stevens, of Willowdale Drive, Frederick, Md.., was being held at the Hagerstown barrack on two counts each of motor vehicle theft and burglary, and one count each of possession of stolen property, fleeing and attempting to elude police, reckless driving, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Police said they are investigating the possibility that the suspect is tied to several burglaries earlier today on Black Rock and Stottlemyer roads.

At 4:50 a.m., police heard from the owner of 2000 Volkswagen Cabriolet that his vehicle had been stolen from the 21000 block of Black Road Road. The owner also said a white Honda Accord had been left at his residence.

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Armed with a description of the stolen car, Frederick County Sheriff's deputies reported they were following the vehicle on U.S. 40 west of Frederick at 5:20 a.m. today. An attempt to stop the vehicle sparked a chase which reached speeds in excess of 100 mph and entered Washington County.

Stop sticks were used successfully on U.S. 40 at Mount Lena Road and the disabled vehicle came to rest near Family Recreation Center. The suspect fled on foot but was captured after a brief chase, police said.

In addition to information about the series of burglaries, police also learned that the Honda Accord had been reported stolen Friday to Frederick City Police.

Troopers 1st Class Doug Bittinger, Russell Plante and Michael Kretzer are handling the investigation.

Juveniles charged in fire near cemetery


Four juveniles were charged Sunday with second-degree malicious burning in connection with a fire set Friday near Rest Haven Cemetery, according to a release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office.

Fire officials said a fire was discovered Friday at about 5:30 p.m. in a vacant, two-story barn. The blaze caused an estimated $500 in damage and took firefighters about 17 minutes to control, officials said.

The youths, ages 9 to 14, were released to their parents, the release said.

Police seek man who crashed van


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are looking for the man who crashed a van Saturday morning and might have stolen another vehicle a short time later.

Police said a 1988 Dodge van crashed at 4:45 a.m. in the 14000 block of Hollowell Church Road in Antrim Township. The driver fled the scene on foot, police said.

A man fitting the driver's description was later seen in a 1998 Chevy Silverado about half a mile from the scene of the crash, police said. The Silverado is primer gray with a maroon interior and Pennsylvania license plate YFD-5367, police said.

The driver of the van is believed to be a 37-year-old man with connections to Chambersburg and Hagerstown, police said.

Anyone with information about the incidents may call police at 717-264-5161.

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