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Hagerstown man charged after Wednesday night chase

August 02, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

An attempt by police and drug agents to take a Hagerstown man into custody Wednesday evening sparked a brief car chase, a collision with a police vehicle, a foot chase and an attempted home invasion before the man was apprehended, police said.

James Raymond Farmer, 29, of 143 Wakefield Road, was charged with felony possession of cocaine, attempted burglary, resisting arrest, attempted breaking and entering and related traffic offenses.

A charge of distribution of cocaine stemmed from a July 16 ongoing investigation, police said.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, agents from the Narcotics Task Force joined with Hagerstown City Police and street crimes officers to take Farmer into custody on drug charges.

Instead, he fled in a rental vehicle near the Elgin Boulevard Community Center, striking Sgt. Mark Holtzman's vehicle and causing heavy damage to both vehicles and a parked car, police said.

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A foot chase began as Farmer ran toward Madison Avenue, where he threw down a bag of suspected cocaine and tried to force his way into a home, police said.

Police said the homeowner prevented Farmer from entering by holding the door closed. Farmer ran again and quickly was taken into custody by Officer Gary Anderson and other officers, police said.

Farmer was being held Thursday on $140,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, jail officials said.

Patrick Maurice Graves, 38, of 20 Richmond St., Apt. 11, a passenger in the rental vehicle, was charged with possession of crack cocaine and released on a $5,000 bond.

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