Two charged after high-speed chase

November 30, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Two men were arrested and charged in connection with motorcycle theft after a 10-mile, high-speed chase from Taneytown to Westminster about 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Both men were charged with theft of the Honda motorcycle, and traffic charges were placed against the driver, John William Hopwood, 22, of Taneytown.

The passenger, Robert Lee Chronister Jr., 20, of Westminster, was charged with attempting to deprive the owner, Eric Disharoon, of use of the bike.

Mr. Hopwood, who was free on bail on other charges, was detained at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Officer R. S. Mohney of the Taneytown police reported that he saw the men on the motorcycle in a shopping center and started to follow them because the passenger was not wearing a helmet.

The driver, apparently seeing Officer Mohney in pursuit, ran a stop sign, turned east on East Baltimore Street and increased his speed, police said.

After turning east onto Old Taneytown Road, the motorcycle reached a top speed of about 125 mph with Officer Mohney in pursuit.

At Royer Road, on the west edge of Westminster, the driver of the bike pulled to the side of the road and both men jumped over a guard rail, then ran down an embankment and into a cornfield.

The two were apprehended by Officer Mohney, along with state and Westminster police.

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