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Chase ends with crash into cop car

July 29, 2006

A Friday night chase ended when a driver fleeing a reported domestic disturbance near Williamsport ran into a Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy's cruiser at 8:14 p.m. in Hagerstown's South End.

Michael Timothy Martin, 19, of no fixed address, was charged with multiple traffic violations, according to Deputy 1st Class D.L. Broussard, who is handling the investigation.

Broussard said he was on his way to the KOA campgrounds on Kemps Mill Road for a domestic disturbance when he spotted the vehicle described as belonging to the alleged suspect in that incident.

"I turned around, and he didn't stop," Broussard said.

The car Martin was driving was partially disabled by stop strips earlier as the chase came into Hagerstown on Md. 144 to West Washington Street, then to City Park and onto Virginia Avenue shortly after 8 p.m.

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Speeds were estimated to be as high as 75 to 80 mph, Broussard said.

After turning off Virginia Avenue, the vehicle was stopped at Sherman Avenue and Noland Drive, and the driver was taken into custody.

The South End Fire Co. was called when the engine began to smoke.

"I've got a cruiser rammed and a bunch of traffic violations," said Lt. Travers Ruppert of the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 8:25 p.m.

The Hagerstown Police Department and Maryland State Police assisted in the chase and stop.

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