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Two Harpers Ferry, W.Va. residents charged with various offenses

February 03, 2012

Two Harpers Ferry, W.Va., residents were charged with drug offenses after officers used Stop Sticks to deflate the tires of their vehicle during a chase Thursday in Frederick County, Md., the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said.

The driver of the vehicle, Terri L. Straub, 49, was charged with possession of marijuana, fleeing and eluding, and driving on both a suspended and revoked license, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

She also was cited with numerous traffic violations, including reckless driving, failure to drive right of center and driving a vehicle without current registration plates, the release said.

Officers discovered during an investigation that Straub was wanted on three warrants — two through the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and one through the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the release said.

Straub’s passenger, 54-year-old Benjamin A. Mock Jr., was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, a deputy attempted to stop a Chevrolet Cavalier without an illuminated headlight in the area of Harmony Road near U.S. 40, the release said. The vehicle slowed initially, then accelerated and continued a short distance before pulling over.

When the deputy approached the vehicle, it accelerated and drove onto southbound Md. 17.

Deputies allege the driver of the Chevrolet recklessly passed other vehicles on the roadway. In an effort to stop the vehicle, another deputy threw Stop Sticks on Md. 17, just past Pete Wiles Road, the release said.

The sticks caused the passenger-side tires to deflate.

Police said the Chevrolet continued to Middletown and stopped in a parking lot on Church Street, where Straub and Mock were arrested and taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center’s Central Booking Unit for processing.    

 Police said the following items were seized during a search of the vehicle:

  • One bag containing 71 grams of suspected marijuana.
  • One bag containing 9.1 grams of suspected marijuana.
  • One small bottle of suspected marijuana.
  • One smoking device.
  • Several types of prescription pills and U.S. currency.

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