Police briefs

October 10, 2009

Chase leads to arrest

FREDERICK, Md. -- A Germantown, Md., man is accused of leading police on a chase through Frederick County early Saturday that reached speeds of 90 to 110 mph on northbound Interstate 270 and ended with an arrest behind the Evergreen Square Shopping Center off of Buckeystown Pike, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

Wilbert Isaac Cooper Jr., 38, was charged with speeding, negligent driving, driving without a license, fleeing and eluding police, and driving under the influence of alcohol, troopers said.

The chase began about 3 a.m., when Sgt. J. Robinson attempted to stop a blue 1997 Dodge pickup truck traveling north on I-270 in Montgomery County for a speeding violation, troopers said. The truck did not stop, and Robinson notified the Frederick barrack as the chase continued into Frederick County, troopers said.


Troopers and deputies from the Frederick County Sheriff's Department used stop sticks on I-270 just south of Buckeystown Pike, which flattened the truck's front tires, troopers said.

Troopers and deputies then chased the driver on foot, and a K-9 track led to the area behind Gold's Gym, where Cooper was found hiding in a trash bin, troopers said.

Teen hurt in two-vehicle crash

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- A 14-year-old girl was injured early Saturday in a rear-end collision on Molly Pitcher Highway (U.S. 11) near the Treat Restaurant west of Shippensburg, according to a Pennsylvania State Police press release.

The crash happened about 12:35 a.m. when the driver of a 1997 Saturn SL2 sedan didn't realize that a 1998 Ford Mustang in front of it was slowing to a stop and the Saturn struck the Mustang from behind, troopers said.

None of the three teenage passengers in the back seat of the Mustang were wearing seat belts, and the 14-year-old girl, who was seated in the middle, flew forward and struck the front windshield, troopers said.

The girl was taken to Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital by Shippensburg Emergency Services, troopers said.

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