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Wanted man from Rockville arrested after police chase

George Kelly Ketterman III was found to be driving on a suspended license and had three active warrants out of Montgomery County

April 14, 2013

FREDERICK, Md. — A wanted man from Rockville, Md., was arrested early Saturday on Interstate 70 after leading police on a chase from Frederick to Hagerstown and back toward Frederick, according to police.

George Kelly Ketterman III, 30, was found to be driving on a suspended license and had three active warrants out of Montgomery County, Md., for failing to appear in court, Frederick Police Sgt. Wayne Trapp said in a news release.

As a result of Saturday’s incident, Ketterman is charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving and negligent driving, Trapp said.

An officer with the Frederick Police Department spotted a vehicle driving erratically on North Market Street near 3rd Street at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and attempted to make a traffic stop, police said.

The driver fled toward Hagerstown on I-70, where officers deployed stop sticks several times in an attempt to flatten the tires, Trapp said.

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Police ended the pursuit on eastbound I-70 in the area of Md. 17 (Myersville Road) when two sets of stop sticks were deployed across the entire highway, disabling the vehicle, Trapp said.

Ketterman was taken into custody without incident after the vehicle came to rest along I-70, southeast of Myersville, Md., near Harmony Road, he said.

“There were no injuries, nor were there any traffic accidents as a result of the pursuit, which took place over mainly empty roadways,” Trapp said.

Officers from the Frederick Police Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police, including a state police helicopter, were involved in the chase, Trapp said.

After being processed at central booking, Ketterman posted bond and was released, a spokesman at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center said Sunday.

— C.J. Lovelace

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