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Man accused of dealing drugs leads police on chase, hides in pool

July 02, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- A man police accused of dealing drugs was arrested Monday night after he fled from undercover officers, crashed his car into a wall and was found in a nearby swimming pool, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Quentin Dijon Lowery, 21, of New Jersey, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana, hydrocodone and paraphernalia, Sgt. Jim Robison said.

The arrest stemmed from a drug investigation at the car wash in the 1000 block of West Washington Street in Hagerstown's West End, Robison said.

Plainclothes officers in unmarked vehicles observed a suspected drug deal about 8:15 p.m., Robison said.

Another suspect, Montezz Lincoln, 23, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was arrested on the lot and charged with possession of marijuana, Robison said.

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Officers attempted to stop Lowery at a traffic signal, but as the officers identified themselves, Lowery drove off, Robison said. Because the officers' car was unmarked, the officers did not chase him, but kept the vehicle in sight as they followed from a distance, Robison said.

Lowrey's Dodge Neon crashed into a concrete wall at Nottingham Road and West Church Street, then continued for another few blocks, Robison said. He bailed out on Bryan Place, ran through some yards and dove into a pool in the 300 block of West Side Avenue, Robison said.

Lowery was swimming or floating on his back in the pool when police arrived, Robison said.

Police recovered a bag near the concrete wall containing eight small bags of marijuana and hydrocodone pills, believed to have been discarded there by Lowery, Robison said.

Lowery was being held Tuesday at the Washington County Detention Center on $7,500 bond, according to Washington County District Court records.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for July 30 in Washington County District Court.

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