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Man charged with fleeing Martinsburg police

July 15, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 21-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday morning after attempting to flee from police hours earlier in a vehicle that was stolen in Hagerstown on June 29, the Martinsburg Police Department announced.

Bobby Lee Shackelford of no fixed address, was arraigned on charges of fleeing while driving under the influence and possession of a stolen vehicle by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow, according to court records.

Shackelford wrecked the stolen car, a 2000 Mazda MPV, near the intersection of W.Va. 901 and St. Andrews Drive, after Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman E.C. Neely attempted to stop the vehicle on Edwin Miller Boulevard for speeding about 2:24 a.m., according to court records.

From Edwin Miller Boulevard, Shackelford traveled onto north onto Interstate 81, traveling more than 100 miles per hour during the pursuit, Neely said.

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The vehicle left the interstate at Exit 20 for the community of Spring Mills, turning onto W.Va. 901 toward Hedgesville, W.Va., and then traveled through a red light, according to a complaint Neely filed in magistrate court against the defendant.

While turning onto St. Andrews Drive, Shackelford lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into trees, but neither Shackelford nor passenger Herman E. Sims, 33, of 106 N. Maple Ave., was seriously injured, police said.

Sims was charged with obstructing an officer and possession of a controlled substance, according to the police department's press release.

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