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Man held on drug charges

September 20, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

A man who fled from police Saturday after officers found syringes and heroin in his possession was being held Monday on $50,000 bond at Washington County Detention Center, according to a spokesman there.

Jason Michael Ringquist, 26, of 10813 Mapleville Road in Hagerstown, was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, escape, theft, obstructing and hindering police, reckless driving, negligent driving, driving with a revoked license and failure to remain at the scene of an accident, according to charging documents.

Police saw Ringquist and a passenger in a Toyota truck in a lot along Dual Highway near Cleveland Avenue, court documents state. Police said the truck was parked, but when a woman approached the truck, Ringquist began to drive away. The woman's arms were inside the driver's-side window, and she bounced off the side of the truck and rolled on the ground several times while Ringquist sped away, documents state.

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Police followed the truck east on Dual Highway and stopped Ringquist in the 60 block of Manor Drive, documents state.

Ringquist was searched, and officers found two syringes with orange caps in his pocket and a cigarette box with a small clear plastic bag filled with heroin, documents state. Officers who searched the vehicle also found heroin in Ringquist's wallet, which was inside the truck, documents state.

An uncapped syringe was found in the glove box, documents state.

While waiting for a truck to tow Ringquist's truck from the scene, officers responded to a domestic incident. Ringquist and his passenger were in the back of the cruiser.

During a search for someone involved in the domestic dispute, officers said Ringquist got out of the police car. He had been handcuffed from behind, but when he got out of the vehicle and ran, he was handcuffed from the front, documents state.

Officers found Ringquist in a wooded area along Dual Highway.

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