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Two in custody after chase, search

January 23, 2009

HALFWAY -- Two people were taken into custody and a stolen car and stolen merchandise were recovered following a police chase and search Thursday night, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Troopers observed a speeding vehicle heading south on Interstate 81, north of Halfway Boulevard and began pursuit. The vehicle, a 2002 Chrysler 300M that had been reported stolen in Anne Arundel County, Md., on Jan. 17, got off I-81 at Halfway Boulevard and then turned onto Hopewell Road, police said.

During the pursuit, the driver intentionally rammed a state police cruiser, causing extensive damage, the release said.

The Chrysler was found abandoned on southbound I-81 near Md. 144. Inside, police found more than $2,500 in stolen merchandise from Wal-Mart and CVS stores, the release said.

Hagerstown and Hancock police, Washington County Sheriff's deputies, a K-9 unit and state police air support searched the area for the two people who had been in the stolen Chrysler.

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Henry Glenn Netzer Jr., 27, and Rachael Nicole Mitter, 25, both of Glen Burnie, Md., were found walking in the area of the Hagerstown Commons shopping center when they were taken into custody, police said.

Netzer was charged with numerous traffic offenses resulting from the pursuit as well as first-degree assault, motor vehicle theft and theft charges involving the recovered merchandise, the release said.

He was jailed on $50,000 bond, according to a spokesman at the Washington County Detention Center this morning.

Mitter, who was released on personal recognizance, was charged with possession of heroin and theft charges.

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