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Hearings delayed for detention center inmate

May 17, 2007

A 33-year-old man who was wanted for allegedly leaving a work-release assignment without permission from Maryland Correctional Training Center is accused of hitting a police vehicle with a stolen car just two months after the alleged escape.

Court appearances for Nick Tony Swan, who faces traffic and criminal charges in several different cases, were postponed Monday so he could get a lawyer.

Separate court documents list Swan's address as the prison or 744 Spruce St. in Hagerstown. A deputy said he was at Washington County Detention Center Wednesday night.

Swan allegedly left Fountainhead Country Club, where he had a work-release assignment, before prison staff were scheduled to pick him up on April 20, 2006, according to a court charging document.

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On June 12, 2006, Swan was allegedly driving a stolen car that drove erratically and sped up when police tried to initiate a stop. During the chase, Swan allegedly led police from The Terrace to Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania, where he allegedly reached speeds of about 100 miles per hour, according to a charging document.

While still in Hagerstown, Swan allegedly tried to strike a police officer's vehicle, and he allegedly hit a the vehicle while in Pennsylvania. After crashing, Swan allegedly was uncooperative and had to be pulled from the car he was driving.

Swan is charged with numerous counts, including escape, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to court documents.

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