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Man faces numerous charges after pursuit in downtown Hagerstown

January 25, 2012
  • Matthew Herman Hunt Jr.
Submitted by Hagerstown Police Department

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man who led police on a chase through the city late Tuesday night was apprehended while hiding under a porch in a downtown alley, Police Chief Arthur Smith said Wednesday.

Police said the chase began around 11:20 p.m. when an officer attempted to stop a black 2004 Saturn at Charles and Potomac streets because a brake light was out. 

The driver, later identified as Matthew Herman Hunt Jr., 38, failed to stop and continued to drive into the downtown area, according to a news release from Lt. Paul Kifer. 

Several other officers, along with Maryland state troopers and Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies, arrived to help, Kifer said.

“At every turn, there was a police car,” Kifer said.

The driver continued to elude officers for about 15 minutes, driving the wrong way up several streets, driving into alleyways and crashing into two police cars before he got out of the car and fled on foot, Kifer said.

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A Washington County K-9 unit tracked Hunt to the alley at the rear of the Dagmar Hotel, where he was found hiding under a porch beside a vehicle, Kifer said. 

Hunt was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

He was charged with three counts of first- and second-degree assault in connection with the collisions involving the police cruisers, Kifer said. Hunt also faces traffic charges including, but not limited to, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, failure to stop at a red signal and driving without a license, Kifer said.

Hunt also was charged with being in possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

It was determined that Hunt was wanted on warrants in which he was charged with motor vehicle theft, failure to appear on a theft charge and violation of probation on a drug charge, Smith said.

No one was injured in the incident, Kifer said. The only property damage was to the police cars and to the vehicle Hunt was driving, Kifer said.

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