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Police briefs

April 10, 2010

Woman charged after chase



HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- A woman was arrested early Saturday in Jefferson County, W.Va., after a high-speed pursuit with police that began in Frederick County, Md., according to press releases from Maryland and West Virginia state police.

Wahkuna Kelt Dragon, 18, of Frederick, Md., was charged fleeing while DUI, reckless driving and obstructing an officer by West Virginia State Police, troopers said. No charges had been filed yet by Maryland State Police.

The pursuit began Saturday about 1:30 a.m. The vehicle that Dragon was driving, a 2000 Mercury Sable, was traveling in excess of 100 mph at times on U.S. 340, troopers said.

The pursuit started at the intersection of Md. 180 (Jefferson Pike) and Lander Road when a Maryland State Police trooper attempted to stop the vehicle for failing to stop at a flashing red signal, troopers said.

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The vehicle continued to Holter Road, where it passed another vehicle in a double yellow line section of the road, troopers said.

The vehicle then turned onto Old Holter Road and back onto Jefferson Pike before continuing southbound to U.S. 340, troopers said.

The pursuit continued on U.S. 340 to the Maryland state line, where the trooper followed the vehicle across the Potomac River bridge into West Virginia, troopers said.

West Virginia State Police Trooper S.M. Smith continued the pursuit and Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker deployed a spike strip system on U.S. 340 that deflated two tires on the vehicle and helped end the pursuit near Washington Street in Harpers Ferry, troopers said.

Dragon was taken into custody about 1:40 a.m. and a pit bull puppy found in the vehicle was released to Jefferson County Animal Control, troopers said.

Chase leads to charges



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man was charged Friday after attempting to avoid being stopped for speeding on W.Va. 9 near the Laurel Ridge subdivision west of Martinsburg, West Virginia State Police alleged in a press release.

Christopher Grubbs, 22, of Martinsburg, was charged with fleeing in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, no operators (second offense), speeding, expired registration, failure to obey a red light, passing in a no-passing zone and no proof of insurance, state police Sgt. K.W. Martin said.

State police Trooper W.M. Roden determined the BMW that Grubbs was driving on W.Va. 9 was traveling 73 mph in a 45-mph zone, Martin said.

Roden saw the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed at 4:25 p.m., but ended his pursuit because of high traffic volume and concern for the safety of other motorists, Martin said.

Martinsburg Police Department patrolman L. D. Ruffner later spotted the vehicle in the vicinity of the intersection of Tavern Road and Rock Cliff Drive and attempted to stop the vehicle, Martin said.

After initially beginning to flee, Grubbs stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Rock Cliff Subs and Pizza and he was taken into custody, Martin said.

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