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Report of shots fired in city leads to high-speed chase, capture in Pa.

August 01, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

A man led police on a high-speed chase through Washington County and Franklin County, Pa., this morning after officers responded to a report of shots fired on Pope Avenue at 6:32 a.m., Sgt. Dave Long of the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Police found shell casings on the ground in the 900 block of Pope Avenue, and witnesses said a silver Dodge Durango left the area, he said.

The SUV was spotted at the AC&T on Sharpsburg Pike, and the driver fled in his vehicle onto westbound Interstate 70, Long said.

The driver allegedly threw a weapon and other items out of the SUV window on Interstate 70. Officers later recovered the weapon in the area of Halfway Park, he said.

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Officers followed the driver onto northbound Interstate 81 and into Pennsylvania before the SUV went over a guardrail and wrecked near exit 10, the Marion exit.

The driver and a woman then fled on foot, but both were found and placed in custody within five minutes, Long said.

Police vehicles reached speeds between 110 and 120 miles per hour, Long said.

The driver was being held this morning by Pennsylvania State Police, and the woman was being treated for minor injuries at a hospital, Long said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department, Maryland State Police and Pennsylvania State Police participated in the chase.

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