Police pursuit ends in crash near Pa. line

June 28, 2011
  • A Honda Element rests up against a row of trees after a chase Monday night that started in Waynesboro, Pa., and ended on Battletown Road in Washington County.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

LEITERSBURG — A Honda Element crashed off Battletown Road Monday night after a police pursuit that started in Waynesboro, Pa., a Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Tuesday.

The driver of the Element had numerous traffic violations against him, and when police attempted to stop him in Waynesboro, he continued driving, according to Deputy Michael Thompson.

The driver continued into Washington County, traveling on Leitersburg Pike, Thompson said.

When the driver of the vehicle attempted to make a turn onto Battletown Road, he lost control of the Element and crashed into some trees, said Thompson, whose department was called to the scene about 10:30 p.m.

Battletown Road is just south of the Pennsylvania line.

Thompson said the driver was cooperative after the crash.

Marijuana was found in the vehicle, he said.

Thompson, who responded with Deputy J. Mills, said police in Washington County were able to respond to the pursuit quickly because of a new police-patrolling effort that has been started in the county.
Based on the frequency of four types of crime, police are targeting zones across Washington County in an attempt to reduce problems in those areas, police said.

The zones are set up based on the frequency of burglaries, robberies, theft from vehicles and theft of vehicles, police said.
The site of the crash is not in a hotspot but is near one, Thompson said.

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