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City man charged after chase

August 02, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man was charged with first-degree assault and other crimes Wednesday after police pursued him in a high-speed chase through Washington County and Franklin County, Pa.

Anthony David Medeiros, 32, of 137 Fairground Ave., was taken into custody on Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania near the Marion exit about half an hour after police responded to a call for shots fired on Pope Avenue, Sgt. Dave Long of the Hagerstown Police Department said.

A home in the 900 block of Pope Avenue was shot at around 6:30 a.m., but no one was injured, Long said. Officers found shell casings on the ground and witnesses said a silver Dodge Durango left the area, Long said.

The SUV was spotted at the AC&T on Sharpsburg Pike with a man, who later was identified as Medeiros, driving, police said.

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He drove off when a woman exited the AC&T and got into the SUV, police said in a news release. Long tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and sped onto westbound Interstate 70, police said.

The driver threw a weapon and other items out of the vehicle's window on Interstate 70, Long alleged.

Officers later recovered a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the area of Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park, he said.

While police pursued Medeiros on Interstate 70, he ran other drivers off the road, police alleged in a news release.

Officers followed Medeiros onto northbound Interstate 81 and into Pennsylvania before the SUV went over a guardrail and wrecked near exit 10, police said. Medeiros and a woman fled on foot, but both were caught and placed in custody at 7:01 a.m., Long said.

Construction workers in the area helped look for Medeiros, who was found hiding under black plastic, police said. Medeiros was charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed weapon, transporting a handgun in a vehicle and traffic charges, police said.

Police vehicles reached speeds of 110 to 120 miles per hour during the pursuit, Long said.

Medeiros was being held Wednesday by Pennsylvania State Police, Long said.

The woman, who was an acquaintance of Medeiros, was treated for minor injuries at Chambersburg Hospital, according to a news release. She was not being charged in connection with the incident, Sgt. Paul Kifer of the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Medeiros assaulted the woman Wednesday morning by pointing the gun at her and forcing her to stay in the vehicle, Kifer alleged.

Police couldn't find any connection between Medeiros and home's occupants, he said.

"We believe the house that was shot at was just random," Kifer said.

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

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