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Martinsburg man charged following police pursuit

July 09, 2010

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. --An 18-year-old man who led police on a chase Friday morning in northern Berkeley County was in custody Friday night, according to police and jail officials.

Mark Lou Hambleton, of 70 Christina Lane in Martinsburg, W.Va., was in Eastern Regional Jail on an $8,100 cash-only bond set by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to court and jail records.

He was arraigned by Bragg on misdemeanor charges of fleeing an officer in a vehicle, reckless driving and five driving-related offenses, according to court records and a news release from West Virginia State Police Sgt. T.C. Kearns.

A pursuit began at about 10:15 a.m. on Nipetown Road after Cpl. M.A. Cole determined a green Dodge Avenger was traveling south at 82 mph in a 35-mph zone, Kearns wrote.

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The driver of the vehicle "actively fled" for about two to three miles after Cole moved in behind the vehicle, which turned on Little Georgetown Road and then on Vineyard Road, the release said. The driver was traveling at speeds of 60 mph, Kearns wrote.

Cole discontinued the pursuit after the driver passed several other cars over a double yellow line, but the officer stayed in the area and found the driver leaving a subdivision a few moments later, according to the release.

Once spotted again, the driver stopped in front of Cole and was taken into custody, Kearns wrote.

The driver told police he fled because he was out on bond for burglary, according to the release.

Hambleton previously was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of grand larceny, and those charges, which stem from crimes alleged to have been committed in April and May, are pending, according to court records.

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