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Man faces charges after police chase

August 02, 2007

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

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

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.

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

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

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 from the Wednesday night incident.

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

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

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

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