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Man gets jail time in crash, leaving the scene

October 21, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 33-year-old Hancock man was ordered Thursday to serve 20 months at the Washington County Detention Center after he pleaded guilty to three charges in connection with crashing into a vehicle and a house in April and leaving the scene of both accidents, and driving under the influence, according to court records.

Timothy Lee Faith, whose last known address is listed on charging documents as 14825 Rice Road, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, fleeing and eluding, and leaving the scene of an accident, court records state.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Faith to serve 12 months for DUI, a concurrent 60 days for leaving the scene of an accident and eight months for fleeing and eluding, to be served consecutively to the DUI sentence, according to court documents.

At about 7 p.m. on April 14, Faith was driving a Mazda Tribute east on U.S. 40 when he ran a red light at Garland Groh Boulevard and struck a 1994 Ford Explorer, charging documents state. The driver of the Explorer, while attempting to exchange information with Faith, mentioned that he would call police, at which time Faith "jumped back into his vehicle and sped off," police said in charging documents.

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A member of a fire department chased Faith, documents state, and saw that Faith crashed into 1234A W. Washington St., documents state.

The fire department member told police he saw Faith run from the crash but did not attempt to chase him, according to charging documents.

After Faith was apprehended by a Hagerstown Police Department officer, he was taken to the Maryland State Police Hagerstown barrack for a field sobriety test, which he failed, documents state.

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