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High-speed chase ends at I-81 bridge

Falling Waters man in custody

February 08, 2008

A Falling Waters, W.Va., man faces drug, assault and traffic charges following a high-speed chase on Interstate 81 in Washington County early this morning, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

At about 1:30 a.m., troopers from the Hagerstown barrack attempted to stop a gold 1999 Hyundai for an equipment violation on southbound I-81 near Halfway Boulevard.

According to police, the Hyundai attempted to flee the troopers, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph. The pursuit continued to the Potomac River bridge, where police said the Hyundai intentionally struck two state police vehicles.

Crack cocaine, heroin and related paraphernalia were found in the Hyundai, police said.

The driver of the Hyundai, Jason A. Sensel, 28, of Falling Waters, was charged with two counts of first- and second-degree assault on police officers, possession of crack cocaine and heroin, attempting to elude police and speeding at more than 100 mph, state police said.

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Sensel was being held this morning at Washington County Detention Center. Bond has been denied, the booking officer said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police assisted in the traffic stop, the news release said.

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