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Driver flees officer, crashes

four hurt

December 30, 2006

An attempt by a Hagerstown police officer to pull over a driver for a traffic violation early Friday resulted in an accident that sent the vehicle's four occupants to the hospital.

Sgt. Chad Woodring of the Hagerstown Police Department said the officer attempted to pull over a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am on Friday shortly after 2 a.m. for a traffic violation on U.S. 40.

The driver reportedly stopped, but as the officer approached, took off at a high rate of speed eastbound on Dual Highway toward Cannon Avenue, Woodring said. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which struck a curb and sent the vehicle airborne, he said. The car flipped and landed on its roof, he said.

One passenger was ejected, and the driver attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended, Woodring said.

The other two passengers were trapped in the car, which caught fire, Woodring said. Police put the fire out, and emergency workers arrived to help remove the remaining passengers from the car.

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Woodring said all four passengers were taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment, and he believed two had been released. None of their identities were available.

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