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Police use pepper spray to subdue man running through neighborhood

June 23, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — A man officers were told ran naked through a neighborhood north of Hagerstown was subdued with pepper spray as he allegedly tried to break into a home Thursday morning in the 18600 block of Dixie Circle, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Eric Eugene Lyles, of Frederick, Md., has been charged with one count each of attempted third-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Deputies said they were called to the area of Pennsylvania and Maugans avenues at about 10 a.m. Thursday for reports of a man running through the streets.

Deputy David A. Haugh said he was told that Lyles was naked at one point while he was running, although Haugh said Lyles was wearing boxer shorts when deputies caught up to him.

Lyles allegedly stopped traffic and tried to hold a vehicle in the traffic lane before fleeing to a neighborhood north of Maugans Avenue, the release said.

Lyles did not attempt to gain entry into the vehicle, which was being driven by a woman, Haugh said.

Lyles returned to a residence in the 18600 block of Dixie Drive where he previously had been told by the resident to leave, deputies said.

Maryland State Police troopers who joined the chase sprayed Lyles with pepper spray when he became confrontational with them at the back door of the home, police said.

Lyles was waiting to be seen by a Washington County District Court commissioner at about 2 p.m. Thursday, according to an employee at the Washington County Detention Center.

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— Dan Dearth

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