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W.Va. man charged after chase on I-81

February 09, 2008

A Falling Waters, W.Va., man faces drug, assault and traffic charges following a high-speed chase early Friday on Interstate 81 in Washington County, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

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, police said.

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, police said.

The Hyundai reached speeds of more than 100 mph while attempting to flee the troopers, police said.

The pursuit continued to the Potomac River bridge, where the Hyundai intentionally struck two state police vehicles, police said.

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

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

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

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