Police briefs

December 05, 2006

Woman treated for apparent stab wounds

A woman was in surgery Monday night and two other people were being treated at Washington County Hospital after a Funkstown man allegedly attacked two people and inflicted injuries on himself, a Hagerstown Police Department detective said.

Detective Tammy Jurado said police found the woman, who had "substantial lacerations" to her neck and face, when they responded at about 6:25 p.m. to an incident in the 1600 block of Woodlands Run. A male victim at the scene also had minor injuries, she said.

Jurado said when police arrived, the suspect already had fled, but he was found at his home on East Chestnut Street in Funkstown. The man, who is the woman's ex-boyfriend, had inflicted injuries to his wrist, Jurado said.

Jurado said the woman was the most seriously injured. Jurado said the woman's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Jurado released the name of the suspect, but she did not release the names of the victims. As of late Monday, the suspect had not been charged, Jurado said.


A switchboard operator at the hospital said late Monday the suspect was being treated in the emergency room.

Man faces assault, possession charges

A man who allegedly fought with two Hagers-town City Police officers early Monday morning at the scene of a call for a domestic disturbance was being held on $10,000 bond, police said.

Mark Allen Smith Jr., 43, of Hagerstown, was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer and possession of marijuana, according to Sgt. Johnny Murray.

Police arrived at Reynolds Avenue around 1 a.m. and contacted a woman who wanted a man removed from the residence.

Murray said the man took off his shirt and decided to fight Officer S.W. Leeney, striking him in the head. Leeney used his Taser to subdue the man, who then resisted getting in the cruiser and began struggling with Officer C.S. Briggs, Murray said.

The man hit his head on the pavement when the officers took him to the ground, Murray said. The man was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of his injury and released to the Washington County Detention Center.

Md. man injured in Interstate 70 crash

A Chevy Chase, Md., man was in fair condition Monday night after he was injured in a crash on Interstate 70, Maryland State Police said.

Ryan Sawak, 27, was driving west in the fast lane of I-70 east of Md. 66 at about 1:40 p.m., when a 1998 Ford Contour driven by Brian David Kable, 43, of Chambersburg, Pa., drove across the median and struck Sawak's 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier, police said.

Kable's car pushed the Cavalier into the slow lane, where the Cavalier struck a pickup truck pulling three other vehicles, police said. The Cavalier and the pickup truck drove over the embankment and into the wooded area, police said.

Sawak was trapped in his car about 45 minutes, and he was flown to Washington County Hospital, police said. He was in fair condition in the hospital's progressive-care unit Monday night, a spokeswoman said.

Kable was charged with DUI, reckless driving and possession of PCP, police said.

Interstate 70 was closed for about 1 1/2 hours because of the accident, police said.

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