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Pursuit ends with crash into trailer

May 06, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police said Tuesday a Pennsylvania man was found with about 80 grams of marijuana valued at about $250 after the suspect struck the corner of a trailer following a pursuit.

John Edward Wilcott, 26, of 609 Cherry Road, Northampton, Pa., was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, fleeing an officer and reckless driving, according to a state police news release.

The incident started about 1 p.m. when Senior Trooper J.R. Barker tried to stop a white Buick speeding southbound on Interstate 81, the release said.

The driver of the car would not stop at the 17-mile marker and fled at a high rate of speed, the release said.

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Barker pursued the car off the interstate and westbound on Tuscarora Pike. Barker was able to obtain the registration number from the car, at which time Sgt. T.C. Kearns advised Barker to stop the pursuit, the release said.

Barker lost visual contact of the car, but continued on Tuscarora Pike at a normal speed, the release said.

Barker then noticed tire marks leading down Salem Church Road and found the car about three-tenths of a mile down that road, the release said.

The suspect had traveled off the road, through a yard and struck the trailer, the release said.

The suspect was attempting to free himself from the car when Barker arrived and took him into custody, the release said.

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