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Man faces DUI, other charges after car strikes pole

October 13, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. -- A Knoxville, Md., man was charged with driving under the influence, driving without a license, fleeing on foot and other offenses after the Mitsubishi 3000 GT he was driving in the 3000 block of Olive School Road went airborne Tuesday morning and struck a utility pole, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

The car also hit a cement culvert and caught fire, according to a police press release.

Michael D. Shumaker, 19, fled on foot and was found about two hours later in a wooded area along Md. 464, the release said. Shumaker was treated and released from Frederick Memorial Hospital and taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center for processing, police said.

A preliminary investigation showed Shumaker's car was traveling at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred at about 2:30 a.m., police said.

There were four passengers in the car, police said.

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Three of the passengers, a 17-year-old female from Thurmont, Md., Melvin McQueen, 19, of Emmitsburg, Md., and Zachary Jean, 18, of Frederick, were taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

A 17-year-old Frederick female was treated and released from Washington County Hospital, police said.

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