Fleeing car crashes, driver runs

September 25, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Three women were taken to Carroll County General Hospital Friday after the speeding car in which they were riding crashed on Route 30 at the end of an eight-mile police pursuit from Pennsylvania, police reported. A man believed to have been the driver fled from the crash scene on foot.

Pfc. Craig Snyder, of the West Manheim (Pa.) Township police, said he began following a 1992 Geo Prizm after it pulled out from behind a store south of Hanover, Pa., and he saw that it had a faulty brake light.

Officer Snyder said the Geo pulled to the side of the road three times, then would speed away after he got out of his patrol car. Each time, the officer said, he resumed the pursuit.

Police said the woman riding in the front passenger seat tried several times to stop the car by reaching over with her left foot and pressing the brake, but each time the driver pushed her away.

Finally, the fleeing vehicle drove onto the right shoulder of the highway, then slid sideways across Route 30 before going off the left shoulder and sliding 150 feet along a grassy embankment, then coming to rest in a concrete drainage ditch.

Police said the driver fled into a field on the east side of Route 30 near Traceys Mill Road, north of Manchester, and then ran into a woods. A search, using a state police helicopter and a tracking dog from the sheriff's department, failed to find the man. The three woman said they knew the driver only by a nickname.

The women complained of headaches and were taken to the hospital, police said.

Officer Snyder said one of the occupants of the car had thrown something out the window during the pursuit. A tracking dog later signaled the scent of drugs on the driver's seat and officers said they believed the driver could have had drugs in his pocket, but no drugs were found in the car.

Police said the Geo is owned by a Baltimore County company and had not been reported stolen. The investigation was continuing.

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