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Police vehicle struck by rolling truck, driver fled through woods

February 24, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. — The driver of a box truck that police believed was involved Sunday in a hit-and-run crash in Williamsport fled from police after an officer pulled the truck over on Greencastle Pike just north of Williamsport, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

After the officer stopped the driver at about 2:10 p.m., the box truck went backward and struck a sheriff’s department cruiser, moving it about 5 feet, Sgt. Robert Whittington said.

No police officers were injured when the truck rolled into the police car, police said.

Damage to the cruiser was minor, said Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore.

The driver of the box truck fled through some woods and toward Conococheague Creek west of Greencastle Pike, Whittington said.

Clothes were found floating in the creek, which the male might have entered, Whittington said.

Police, including a Maryland State Police helicopter, searched the area but had not found the man as of Sunday evening, Whittington said.

Police were seen searching around the area of Redland Brick along Clear Spring Road after the male fled from the truck. Two cruisers were driving along railroad tracks in the area.

Whittington did not have more details about the hit-and-run accident, which occurred in the area of 126 N. Conococheague St.

The truck was sitting along the side of Greencastle Pike after the traffic stop and was pointing north along the edge of the southbound lane.

Whittington said the back of the truck was empty.

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