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Two charged after high-speed pursuits

February 23, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy arrested two men in separate high-speed vehicle pursuits that allegedly involved alcohol over the weekend.

William Edward Flythe, 35, of 247 Liberty St., Martinsburg, was in Eastern Regional Jail on Monday evening on one felony count of fleeing while driving under the influence, according to jail and court records.

Magistrate Sandra L. Miller set a $50,000 cash bond for Flythe, who was arraigned Sunday afternoon, according to court records.

Flythe was captured by police early Sunday after his vehicle ignited near the 18-mile marker of Interstate 81 north of Martinsburg, according to a complaint filed by Sheriff's Deputy P.S. Layne.

Layne was patrolling Shepherdstown Road when a gold Mazda sped past him traveling toward Martinsburg just before 5 a.m., according to court records.

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The deputy said in his complaint that he followed the vehicle onto Woodbury Avenue and at the intersection of Queen Street, the Mazda nearly collided with a telephone pole and another vehicle before continuing toward I-81 on Edwin Miller Boulevard.

While traveling north on the interstate, the Mazda became "fully involved" in flames at the 18-mile marker and the driver did not pull over until traveling about another mile, Layne said.

The driver was removed from the car before he was burned, Layne said.

At the sheriff's department, Layne said he learned the tag on the vehicle was stolen from a vehicle in Shepherdstown, W.Va., earlier Sunday.

o Marc Alan Kilmer, 32, of 794 Avondale Road, Martinsburg, was arraigned Saturday by Miller on a felony count of fleeing while DUI, second offense.

Layne's pursuit of Kilmer began at 12:08 a.m. Saturday on Hedgesville Road, and ended in a creek bed near Kilmer's home in Berkeley Village subdivision off Berkeley Station Road.

Kilmer was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg for treatment of injuries he received while resisting arrest, Layne said in his complaint.

Layne said he began pursuing a white Plymouth Voyager on Hedgesville Road after it passed him traveling 84 mph in a 45 mph zone.

After stopping the vehicle near his home, the driver fled on foot into a wooded area, where Layne said he used a taser and pepper spray on the man in an attempt to arrest him.

The defendant's "thick" clothing was not penetrated by the taser and Layne said the man punched him below his left eye before the arrest was made.

Kilmer was previously convicted of fleeing while DUI in July 1999, Layne said in his complaint.

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