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Greencastle man charged following police pursuit

July 10, 2005|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

INDIAN SPRINGS - A Greencastle, Pa., man is facing numerous charges after a police pursuit early Saturday on Big Pool Road, Maryland State Police in Hagerstown said.

Angle Martin Daley III, 54, of 15125 Maryland Line Road, was charged with driving under the influence, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and other traffic-related offenses, police said.

He received serious injuries after crashing the vehicle and was airlifted to Washington County Hospital, police said.

A hospital spokeswoman said Saturday that Daley was in fair condition.

Police said Trooper 1st Class Chris Barnard responded to Big Pool Road about midnight Saturday for a complaint of a possible intoxicated driver.

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When Barnard activated the emergency lights on the police vehicle, police said the driver of the suspect vehicle backed across the road in the 12000 block of Big Pool Road, into a yard and accelerated, police said.

The man in the vehicle drove northbound while in the southbound lane of Big Pool Road and hit 70 mph in a marked 40-mph zone, police said.

Police said the vehicle was "swerving wildly" back and forth across the double yellow center lines and across the right and left white shoulder marking lines of the road.

The driver lost control of the vehicle on a curve just before Garrison Hollow Road and struck a guardrail on the southbound side of the road, police said.

The driver eventually was able to get the vehicle moving again with a deflated left front tire. He continued driving northbound on Big Pool Road at speeds of up to 60 mph in posted 40- and 30-mph zones, police said.

Shortly afterward, the left front tire came off the vehicle and the wheel assembly started to disintegrate, but the driver kept going at speeds of up to 60 mph on the left front rim, police said.

The vehicle continued northbound across Interstate 70 toward U.S. 40 while traveling at speeds of 45 mph, police said.

Upon approaching U.S. 40 at about 40 mph, he braked and skidded through a marked stop sign, across U.S. 40 and onto the shoulder off the road, police said.

A state road sign was knocked down in the incident.

Police said the driver then was flown to the hospital.

Police said there was an odor of alcohol on the driver's breath, and a bottle of vodka was found on the driver's side floorboard.

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