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Hagerstown police seek driver who crashed vehicle during chase

Unidentified woman was taken to Meritus Medical Center for minor injuries

August 15, 2013

Hagerstown police are looking for a motorist who crashed a vehicle on Jonathan Street while fleeing police early Thursday morning, according to a news release.

A female passenger was injured in the rollover crash. The unidentified woman was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown for minor injuries, police said.

The incident began just before 1 a.m., when police attempted to stop a Ford Escape in the 600 block of Forest Drive.

The driver, whom police believe is a black male, failed to stop and increased the vehicle’s speed as it approached the intersection of Charles and Jonathan streets, the release said.

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As he attempted to turn left onto Charles Street, the driver lost control of the sport utility vehicle, causing it to overturn and roll over in the 400 block of Jonathan Street, police said.

The driver fled the scene on foot, leaving behind the female passenger, the release said.

Lt. Paul Kifer said Thursday night that police have yet to locate the man. The police department’s Criminal Investigations Division is handling the investigation, he said.

Police officers initially gave chase on foot, but were unable to locate the man. A K-9 unit was brought in to attempt to track the man with negative results, Kifer said.

The woman who was transported to Meritus has been interviewed by police, according to Kifer, although he had no further information about what the woman may have told officers.

The man who fled is described as wearing a white tank top and blue jeans.

Troopers from the Maryland State Police aviation unit and Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted with the search for the driver.

— C.J. Lovelace

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