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Men arraigned on drug charges after leading police on chase

July 21, 2007

Three Hagerstown men were charged early Friday with drug-related and other counts following a brief car chase and then a foot chase that began on U.S. 40, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

Justin Andrew Broadus, 19, of 6223 George St.; Brock Allen Randall, 18, of 929 W. Washington St.; and Edward Melvin Ware Jr., 20, of 517 Hammond St., each were charged with one count of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

The men also were wanted on separate warrants, police said.

Broadus was being held on a parole retake warrant from the Maryland Division of Correction, police said.

Randall has a violation of probation warrant from the Hagerstown Police Department, police said.

Ware has an open warrant from the Washington County Sheriff's Department for failure to appear at a probation violation hearing, police said.

Maryland State Police Cpl. D.A. Harper said the incident began at 1:13 a.m. when police attempted to stop a 2004 Honda Accord that was traveling at 85 mph in a 45 mph zone just west of Interstate 70.

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The vehicle fled the scene and pulled into the parking lot of the Four Points Sheraton, where police said two of the three occupants fled on foot and quickly were captured, police said.

Sheriff's department deputies pursued the third man into the motel and found him hiding in a bathroom stall, police said.

Suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia, along with $1,007 in cash, were found in the car, police said.

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