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High-speed chase on U.S. 15 ends when vehicle rolls into creek

February 14, 2008

A high-speed chase on U.S. 15 Wednesday evening ended when the fleeing driver's vehicle rolled into a creek, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

The driver, Joseph McDermott, 55, of Rockville, Md., was flown to Washington County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

He was listed as stable Thursday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Frederick City Police attempted to stop the vehicle for DUI at about 6:45 p.m., but the suspect fled north on U.S. 15, driving "all over the roadway" at speeds of more than 100 MPH, police said.

The suspect vehicle struck another vehicle near Thurmont, causing minor damage, but no injuries, police said. The Frederick County Sheriff's Department placed stop sticks just north of Thurmont, but the suspect avoided the sticks and continued northbound until he lost control of his vehicle near Tom's Creek, police said.

The roadway was closed for about 30 minutes while the helicopter was on the ground, police said.

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McDermott was charged with DUI, fleeing police, hit and run and numerous other traffic charges, police said.

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