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Pa. man charged after chase

July 25, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man faces several charges after a Tuesday-morning chase that covered roads and cornfields around Letterkenny Army Depot and damaged a police cruiser.

Jeffrey Allan Hockenberry, 43, of 10867 Loop Road, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Todd R. Williams on charges of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, accidents involving attended property or vehicles, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving without lights to avoid identification or arrest and reckless driving, police said.

The incident began at about 5:15 a.m. when police received a call about a pickup truck being driven around buildings in the area of the depot. Police said several thefts had been reported in the area, and the caller followed the truck until state police arrived.

Police attempted to pull over the Ford F-350 near Franklin Hardware on U.S. 11, but the driver sped off. The chase took police onto Salem, Siloam and Airport roads, and along dirt lanes and through cornfields, police said.

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During the pursuit, one police cruiser was rammed and disabled by the pickup, police said. Several state police cruisers were involved in the search, along with Chambersburg police and a Maryland State Police helicopter, police said.

The driver of the truck eluded police, but the truck was involved in an earlier investigation and police went to Hockenberry's home, finding him and the damaged truck behind the house, police said.

Hockenberry was in Franklin County Jail Tuesday night, a prison officer said.

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