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Boy who eluded police gets indefinite probation

September 08, 2005|by Pepper Ballard

A 16-year-old boy who ran through stop signs and passed cars on a four-wheeler, failing to obey a police officer's signal to pull over, was placed on indefinite supervised probation Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court.

The boy admitted to eluding a police officer by failing to stop his vehicle in the July 10 incident.

At 1:48 p.m. that day, the boy was riding a green four-wheeler in Hagerstown's West End when a police officer activated his lights and ordered the boy to pull over. Instead, the boy "accelerated rapidly," passed other cars, accelerated through stop signs, ducked down alleys, struck a garage and finally jumped off the four-wheeler, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

The boy had been taken off of probation about a month before the incident, she said.

The boy's attorney, Wiley Rutledge, said the boy had been riding four-wheelers with a friend in a nearby field that day when his vehicle got a flat tire. He said the boy was headed home to fix the flat tire when he was signaled to pull over.

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Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the boy stick to a 9 p.m. curfew, not use drugs or alcohol, pursue his GED, maintain employment and perform 20 hours of community service.

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