Merle Unger Jr., the Hagerstown cop-killer who has made a criminal career out of escaping from prisons, was apprehended today during a high-speed police chase near Strasburg, Va., authorities said.
Unger, 41, was injured when the car he was driving to elude Virginia State Police veered out of control on an exit ramp from Interstate 81 and crashed near Strasburg, about 60 miles southwest of Washington.
Officials said Unger was listed in fair condition at Winchester Medical Center after surgery for head and facial injuries.
Unger, who killed a Hagerstown police officer in 1975, was at large for more than a week after he had escaped from the DeSoto Correctional Institution in Arcadia, Fla. He was serving 30 years for burglary, aggravated assault, grand theft and auto theft.