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Boonsboro man charged after high-speed chase

December 27, 2011

A Boonsboro man accused of leading police on a Christmas Eve chase at speeds up to130 mph was being held Tuesday on $200,000 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, according to district court records.

Eric James Smith, 32, of 8213 Mapleville Road, was charged with attempting to flee police by vehicle and by foot, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, turning off his headlights to avoid identification and two speeding violations, according to the statement of probable cause filed by Hagerstown police.

The pursuit began shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday on Dual Highway, where an officer was operating speed- detection radar, the charging documents said. A vehicle was clocked passing the stationary cruiser at 55 mph in a 35 mph zone, the documents said.

The officer followed the eastbound vehicle, which drove onto the shoulder near Edgewood Drive and slowed down to about 25 mph, the documents said. At that point, a passenger in the front seat jumped from the car.

That 23-year-old man was identified by police, but there was no indication in the documents that he was charged with any offenses.

The car turned onto Edgewood and then made a U-turn back to Dual Highway, the documents said. The car was going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone on Dual Highway, then went onto westbound Interstate 70 traveling at up to 130 mph, police allege in the documents.

The car got off I-70 at Downsville Pike and headed back to Hagerstown, where the driver eventually stopped in an alley off West Howard Street that was blocked by a rental truck, the documents said.

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The driver then fled on foot. Police found Smith, “breathing heavy and sweating profusely” on West First Street at Guilford Avenue, the documents  said.


— Don Aines

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