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Hagerstown man charged after 11 vehicles are hit is not considered flight risk

January 30, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

Hagerstown police didn't take a man to the Washington County District Court Commissioner after he allegedly struck 11 vehicles in three blocks of South Potomac Street and in one block of Wilson Boulevard early Sunday because the man wasn't considered a flight risk, and he only faced traffic charges, Lt. Mark Holtzman said Tuesday.

Nigel Carroll Reeder, 21, of 345 N. Potomac St., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, reckless driving, and several counts of leaving the scene of an unattended and an attended accident, police said previously.

Under Hagerstown Police Department policy, when a Maryland resident faces traffic charges, they may be released to a sober driver as long as the person cooperates, has a permanent address and officers believe the person will show up in court, Holtzman said.

Out-of-state residents automatically are taken before the commissioner for a bond review, he said.

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Reeder was released Sunday to his father, Holtzman said.

Whether or not a Maryland resident is released or taken to the court commissioner depends a lot on a person's cooperation, he said.

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