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Driver faces charges in police chase

July 30, 2006

The driver involved in a Friday night chase while fleeing a reported domestic disturbance near Williamsport remained in custody Saturday.

Michael Timothy Martin, 19, of no fixed address, has been charged with fleeing and eluding; negligent, reckless and aggressive driving; failure to stop at a stop sign; driving without a license; speeding; leaving the scene of an accident; and failing to stop for a police officer, according to Deputy 1st Class D.L. Broussard, who is handling the investigation.

Martin was being held on $150,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokeswoman said. He also has two detainers from Montgomery County for failure to appear there on drug charges and other violations.

Martin's 1986 Ford ran into a Washington County Sheriff's Department deputy's cruiser Friday at 8:14 p.m. in Hagerstown's South End during the incident.

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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. 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.

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

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

The alleged victim of the domestic incident was interviewed, and since no injuries were visible, she was advised of her legal options, Broussard said.

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

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