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Man fined for fleeing police on motorcycle

December 01, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

A 20-year-old Hagerstown man was fined Thursday for driving a motorcycle 120 mph in a 50-mph zone while trying to flee a state trooper, Washington County District Court records show.

Donald Gerald Beaver III, of 9950 Downsville Pike, was assessed $540.50 in fines and court costs and given six months probation after he pleaded guilty to speeding and attempting to elude police, according to court documents.

Maryland State Police trooper D.A. Harper began following Beaver after he saw him riding with the back wheel of his motorcycle in the air as he approached a stoplight Oct. 8, according to charging documents.

Harper said over the course of the chase, he saw Beaver "riding a wheelie" with his front tire completely off the ground while traveling 80 mph, according to charging documents.

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When asked why he fled, Beaver said he "messed up" and said a friend told him police were not allowed to pursue motorcycles, Harper said in charging documents.

Beaver was granted probation before judgment on the eluding charge.

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