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Morgan Co. woman charged

May 01, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A Morgan County, W.Va., woman wanted in Frederick County, Md., was arrested Friday by Town of Bath Police Department Cpl. Craig Pearrell.

Brenda Lee Belanger, 41, of 86 Betty Lane in Berkeley Springs, was charged on a fugitive of justice warrant and taken to the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va.

According to Monday's press release from Bath Police Chief James Minton, Pearrell attempted to stop a Lincoln Town Car that did not have an inspection sticker.

According to the police department statement, the driver sped away from Pearrell on Harrison Avenue and turned into a tire company parking lot. Two male suspects exited the vehicle and got into another vehicle in the lot and left the area.

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Pearrell approached the vehicle and the female driver gave her name and told Pearrell she had no information and no driver's license.

Pearrell ran a police check on Belanger and learned of the Maryland warrant for her as a fugitive from justice for fraudulent prescriptions, according to the release.

Through a Department of Motor Vehicles search, Pearrell learned the license plates on the Lincoln were registered to a Nissan 300ZX, police said.

Belanger told Pearrell the tags were stolen, according to the release.

The statement said the Town of Bath's police dog, Butch, searched the vehicle and found four different prescriptions, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

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