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Pa. man injured following high-speed chase on interstate

January 29, 2007

A 28-year-old Shippensburg, Pa., man who police said led them on a high-speed chase on Interstate 70 was hospitalized Sunday after he lost control of the Pontiac Sunfire he was driving near Md. 66.

Maryland State Police said a trooper using a radar gun on I-70 east of Md. 17 at about 2:30 p.m. clocked the Sunfire traveling 88 mph in a 65-mph zone.

Police alleged the car was weaving in and out of traffic and the driver allegedly sped up when the trooper attempted to pull him over. The car struck two other westbound vehicles during the chase, but no one was hurt, police said.

On the west side of South Mountain, the car struck stop sticks designed to puncture vehicle tires, that were placed there by Hagerstown barrack troopers. The sticks punctured more than one tire, but the car continued west on I-70, police said.

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Police said the driver exited the highway on Md. 66, then immediately attempted to get back on I-70, where he lost control. The vehicle struck a tree and overturned, police said.

The man was trapped in the car for 40 minutes while rescue personnel worked to free him, police said. He was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, where an administrative nursing supervisor said he was in fair condition Sunday night.

According to police, the Pontiac Sunfire was unregistered, uninsured and displayed switched tags at the time of the accident.

No charges had been filed by late Sunday.

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