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Two officers are injured in crash following chase

January 14, 2006|BY MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT -

Two Hagerstown Police Department officers were injured Friday night when a police chase of a vehicle fleeing from an armed robbery at the CVS Pharmacy on Wesel Boulevard resulted in the collision of a police cruiser and a passenger vehicle on U.S. 11 in front of a fast food restaurant.

Three people were injured, including Officers Jesse Duffey and Brian Barnhart, according to Lt. Timothy Baker of the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Barnhart was driving the cruiser and Duffey was the passenger, Baker said.

The identity of the driver of the passenger car involved in the crash or extent of injuries wasn't available Friday night.

"The driver of the car had pulled over for a Washington County Sheriff's cruiser who was involved in the chase," said Capt. Charles Summers, acting Hagerstown police chief. The driver then pulled back onto the road right into the path of the cruiser, which was following the deputy.

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Both had lights and sirens activated, Summers said.

The object of the chase - a gold 1993 Cadillac with West Virginia tags - was stopped a short time later in West Virginia, and a man was taken into custody by West Virginia State Police shortly after the 7:25 p.m. robbery, Baker said.

"Evidence from the robbery - a wig and a gun - were found in the vehicle," Summers said, noting that it was involved in a crash with a West Virginia State Police cruiser.

Back in Williamsport, three people were transported to Washington County Hospital by Williamsport and Halfway ambulances, according to dispatchers at Fire and Rescue Communications.

One of the three was taken in to be checked, dispatchers said. The other two were described as "priority 2" patients. "Priority 1" injuries are considered the most serious.

A hospital nursing supervisor confirmed Friday night that both officers were in the emergency room being evaluated to determine the extent of their injuries.

No sheriff's department cruisers were involved in the accident, Baker said.

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