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Police chase ends in cemetery

Hagerstown man charged

November 15, 2011
  • Travon Brown
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HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man police said crashed a car into Rest Haven Cemetery and fled on foot following a high-speed pursuit early Tuesday has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and six other counts, the Washington County District Court Commissioners Office said.

Travon Brown, 23, also was charged with (driving, attempting to drive) a vehicle while impaired by alcohol; failure of driver to drive to curb upon signal by an (emergency, police) vehicle; driving a vehicle on the highway at speed exceeding limit; reckless driving; (driving, attempting to drive) a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol per se; and person driving a motor vehicle on the (highway, public use property) on suspended license and privilege.

The commissioners office said Brown was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. His bail review hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. today in Washington County District Court.

At 3:50 a.m., Senior Trooper David Matthews attempted to stop a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier that was traveling 80 mph in a 25 mph zone on Northern Avenue in the area of Oak Hill Avenue, according to a Maryland State Police news release. The vehicle failed to stop and sped away westbound on Northern Avenue.

When the Chevrolet reached the intersection of Northern and Pennsylvania avenues, it was traveling too fast to take the curve and crashed into the cemetery, damaging two grave markers, police said.

The driver fled on foot and eluded a search by state police, Hagerstown police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, including a K-9 unit, the release said.

The passenger, identified as Maria Christine McMellen, 22, of Boonsboro, was taken into custody at the scene but denied knowledge of the driver. McMellen, the vehicle’s registered owner, was later released with no charges filed, police said.

Based on information found in the vehicle, police  sought  Brown, the release said.

Shortly after 5 a.m., Deputy 1st Class Jason Litten of the sheriff’s office located Brown on Pennsylvania Avenue and took him into custody.

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— Dan Dearth

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