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Police say driver hits motorcycle while fleeing deputy

June 16, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., man charged with fleeing from police during a pursuit Tuesday evening was caught after he hit a motorcycle head-on, according to court records.

Mark Howard Wright, 23, of 61 Bambi Drive, was charged Wednesday with fleeing in a vehicle causing bodily injury and driving on a license revoked for DUI.

Deputy R.L. Steerman Jr. of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department became involved in the pursuit after a Plymouth passed him on Giles Mill Road with an expired inspection sticker, records state.

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Steerman turned his police cruiser around and tried to pull the car over, but its driver turned onto Quarry Road.

A pedestrian pointed out where the car had gone, police said.

The driver turned onto Specks Run Road and turned his head around, spotting the cruiser. He then sped up and crashed into the motorcycle, police said.

The motorcyclist was taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. Officials there refuse to release patient conditions, but Chief Deputy Kenneth Lemaster said the man's injuries were not life-threatening. He had a possible broken leg, Lemaster said.

The wreck happened a little after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Lemaster said. He did not know the name of the motorcyclist.

Investigators were not able to determine how fast the driver was going at the time of the collision. The road is narrow and was being tarred and chipped at the time, Lemaster said.

Lemaster said he watched a video of the pursuit taken by Steerman's in-car video camera. He said that Steerman acted appropriately, and was not in sight of the fleeing car at the time of the wreck.

"He didn't even see the collision," Lemaster said.

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