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Driver leads police on chase through Hagerstown

June 17, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A man wanted for failing to register as a sex offender led police on a chase Thursday night in Hagerstown, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

Sgt. Johnny Murray said the incident began at 6:48 p.m. when the driver of a Chevrolet Cavalier failed to pull over for a traffic stop at East Washington and North Locust streets. The man drove through several streets in the northern part of the city, Murray said.

The man was driving a car that had been reported stolen earlier Thursday in Cumberland, Md., police said.

Murray said police received a tip that the driver was armed at the time of the pursuit.

"The reason the pursuit basically continued is that we had information that the driver was possibly armed with a handgun," Murray said.

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Murray said the driver eventually "jumped out of the vehicle" on Pangborn Boulevard near Pangborn Park and ran. Despite search efforts by city police, the Washington County Sheriff's Department and Maryland State Police - including the use of a helicopter - the man had not been found late Thursday night, Murray said.

"We thought we might have had him pinned ... but it didn't turn up anything," Murray said.

Lt. William Carvel Wright said three people who were inside the Cavalier were taken into custody before 8 p.m. and taken to police headquarters on South Burhans Boulevard.

Edward Melvin Ware, 18, no address given, was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Two juveniles also were charged, police said.

At 10:30 p.m., investigators were still working on the case and had yet to file any charges against the man who was believed to be the driver, Murray said.

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