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Woman charged after four-car pileup near Hagerstown backs up I-70 traffic

August 18, 2008

Police say a Washington, D.C., woman punched and attempted to bite a trooper who tried to remove her from her car after she was charged with causing a four-vehicle pileup on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown Sunday.

Joyce Ann Mosby, 48, of 400 21st Street, Apt. 2, was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer and failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order of a law enforcement officer, court records show. She was also cited for failure to control her speed to avoid a collision, according to court records.

The crash happened at about 4:40 p.m. in the eastbound lanes near the U.S. 40 exit (mile marker 32), Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Dave Matthews said. Mosby was driving east in a rented Chevrolet Impala when she struck the vehicle in front of her with enough speed to send it into the two vehicles in front of it, Matthews said.

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Matthews said Mosby was hysterical and irrational, and refused to get out of the vehicle. He said he suffered a cut on his head from the jewelry she wore when she struck him. Troopers used pepper spray and pulled Mosby from her car, Matthews said. No one else was injured in the crash, he said.

Traffic backed up to Hancock while the lane was closed for about 20 minutes, Matthews said.

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