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Two W.Va. men in custody following car chase

July 24, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — Two West Virginia men were in police custody Sunday afternoon following a police pursuit that reached 100 mph and stemmed from an attempted burglary call east of Saint James, south of Hagerstown, Washington County Deputy Alan Matheny said.

The suspects fled in a red Kia van that hit at least one vehicle during the pursuit, Matheny said.

No one was injured in that accident, police said. The accident occurred at the intersection of Sharpsburg Pike and Lappans Road by the AC&T store, Matheny said.

The event began when neighbors reported seeing two white men kicking in a back door to a home on Kent Avenue, Matheny said. Kent Avenue is off Sharpsburg Pike east of Saint James.

Matheny was in the area and as he pulled up to the house, he saw neighbors point to the van and a chase ensued.

The chase went south on Sharpsburg Pike to Lappans Road and then over to Downsville Pike, which turns into Dam No. 4 Road, Matheny said. Then the van turned onto River Bend Court, Matheny said.

Matheny said his police car went as fast as 100 mph and the suspects’ van was “over that.”

The van hit a dead end in a cul-de-sac on River Bend Court, but was going so fast it went off the road into a yard, he said.

Both suspects got out and ran, Matheny said.

Matheny said he caught the passenger, who had laid down in the woods.

Deputy 1st Class J. Crawford and his K-9, Kabar, tracked the driver for about 40 minutes, finding him in a cornfield close to Shaffer Road, Matheny said. Shaffer Road is south of River Bend Court.

Merchandise was found in the van, Matheny said. At this point, police believe the merchandise is only from one home.

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Names and charges were not available Sunday night, since the investigation is ongoing.

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