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Man charged with fleeing while DUI after crash

September 24, 2007

INWOOD, W.Va. - A homeowner on Henshaw Road in southern Berkeley County, W.Va., heard a loud crash along the road early Sunday after police called off a pursuit on the road, police said.

When officers arrived at the crash scene, they discovered it was a truck they had been pursuing, police said.

The driver of the truck, Christopher Cleavenger, 30, of 107 Mimosa Drive, Stephens City, Va., was charged with felony fleeing while DUI, fleeing in a motor vehicle and fleeing on foot, according to a news release from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

There was a second passenger, but the release did not contain more information about that person.

Cleavenger was taken to City Hospital and later released, the release said.

The crash occurred after Deputies M.T. Longerbeam and X. Morales responded to a fight at Haranda mobile home park off Arden Nollville Road.

A truck left the scene and almost struck Longerbeam's cruiser head-on, police said.

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The truck proceeded south on Arden Nollville Road, west on Gerrardstown Road and south on Henshaw Road, police said.

The truck was being driven very recklessly, so police decided to stop pursuing the vehicle, the release said.

The resident on Henshaw Road then heard the loud crash, police said.

The string of events occurred about 2:30 a.m.

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