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Md. man arrested after high-speed chase

February 28, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Reisterstown, Md., man was arrested after allegedly fleeing the scene of a traffic stop and leading police on a high-speed pursuit in Berkeley County Monday.

The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested at about 5:50 p.m. Monday after leading a state police trooper on a pursuit up and down U.S. 11 in southern Berkeley County, police said. The man crashed into a tractor-trailer heading south as he attempted to get on Interstate 81 from a secondary road, West Virginia Sr. Trooper J.S. Chumley said late Monday.

Chumley said the man sideswiped the tractor-trailer as it came down an embankment, after crashing through a fence, and neither the suspect nor the truck driver were injured.

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"That's probably what saved him more than anything," Chumley said.

The man abandoned his car after the crash and was captured in an apple orchard along I-81 following a lengthy foot pursuit, Chumley said.

Chumley, who was the arresting officer, said the man was pulled over along W.Va. 51 about 5:37 p.m. Monday because the vehicle was reported to be involved in a separate incident, but he sped away, turning on U.S. 11 heading south. After turning around and going north on U.S. 11, the man led the trooper on a pursuit along several secondary roads, eluding attempts to stop him with spike strips, Chumley said.

"He didn't intend to (avoid the spike strips) or anything," he said. "Luck played in his favor."

Chumley would not specify the reason for the traffic stop.

The man, whom Chumley said faces as many as eight traffic charges, including fleeing an officer, was awaiting arraignment Monday night in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

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