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Man runs into pond following chase with police

January 22, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A police chase of a motorist in the Cumbo Road area Sunday ended when the suspect fled from police on foot and ran into a storm water management pond, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

After several minutes in freezing water, the man was apprehended and taken to City Hospital for treatment of hypothermia, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

Cliff A. Roberts, 43, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was charged with multiple traffic offenses, including felony DUI while under the influence of cocaine, the release said.

The incident began when Deputy R.L. Steerman attempted to stop a black Grand Am on Hedgesville Road for speeding, the release said.

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The driver did not stop and Steerman was led on several roads in the area and into Gantt's Mobile Home Community along Cumbo Road, police said.

The suspect's car cut between several mobile homes and struck a porch at one home, police said.

The Grand Am then went north on Harlan Springs Road with a flat tire, police said.

The car was stopped near Cumbo Road and the suspect fled on foot, police said. The suspect ran into the pond in the Archer's Rock subdivision, police said.

The man was apprehended with the help from several deputies and West Virginia State Police troopers, police said.

Roberts was expected to be kept at City Hospital overnight for observation, police said.

A City Hospital spokeswoman said Sunday that Roberts was "OK."

The release did not say what time the chase began. Additional details were unavailable Sunday night.

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