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Man sentenced to 9 months for high-speed police chase

June 07, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Greencastle, Pa., man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to nine months in jail for a 2005 high-speed chase in which he rammed a Maryland State Police cruiser.

Kraig A. Barraclough, 29, of 14867 Sherwood Drive, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, driving under the influence and recklessly endangering another person in the Oct. 29, 2005, chase that began in Maryland, according to court records.

Judge Richard Walsh sentenced him to six to 23 months on the assault charge, three months to five years on the drunken driving conviction and two years on probation for reckless endangerment.

Pennsylvania State Police said the pursuit began in Maryland and reached speeds of 120 mph. In Pennsylvania, Barraclough got off I-81 at Exit 10 and headed east on Pa. 914, police said.

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When Maryland Trooper Michael Ford attempted to stop his vehicle, police said Barraclough hit the rear of the cruiser four times and drove off. The car was stopped near Pa. 316 and Barraclough ran away, police said.

He was found in a shed by a Chambersburg Police Department K-9 team, police said.

Barraclough's fines, fees and costs came to approximately $2,800, according to court records. He was also ordered to pay $917.50 in restitution to Maryland State Police.

Barraclough's attorney, Eric Weisbrod, said his client served seven months in jail in Maryland on charges stemming from the same pursuit.

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