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Man's bond set in assault case

June 21, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Bond was set Monday at $350,000 for a man whom police allege was involved in a Friday police chase and rammed two police cars while transporting two children in his vehicle, according to court records.

District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. set bond for Stewart William Wright, 25, of 1064-D Noland Drive, during a bail review hearing.

Wright was charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault, reckless driving and contributing to the condition of a child, records state. He also was charged with attempting to elude police by failing to stop, driving under the influence, driving on highway at speed exceeding limit and aggressive driving, records state.

Maryland State Police said a man led authorities on a chase Friday from Morgan County, W.Va., to Washington County and rammed two police cars before he stopped. During the incident, the man had two children and two pets with him in the vehicle, police said.

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The chase, which covered about 12 miles, started in West Virginia at about 2 p.m., according to police.

Police said the chase ended at Md. 63 and U.S. 40 in Washington County when Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies used "stop sticks" to puncture a tire on Wright's vehicle.

Police said no one was injured and the children, both younger than 9 years old, were released to the custody of their mother.

Wright was being held Monday at the Washington County Detention Center, a spokesman there said.

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