Police arrest 3 men after 2 high-speed chases Driver of pickup eludes capture

June 18, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Three Westminster men were arrested and a fourth man remains at large in connection with two separate high-speed chases through Carroll County over the weekend, state police said.

The first chase occurred about 1 a.m. Saturday and resulted in the arrest of Eric D. Shuffler, 29, of the 200 block of E. Green St. He was charged with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to maim, one count of assault and resisting arrest, and 23 traffic violations.

He was being held yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center.

At a bail review hearing yesterday, prosecutor David Daggett asked that bail be set at $250,000, but District Judge Marc G. Rasinsky set bail at 10 percent of $100,000 on condition that Shuffler attend 90 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings within 90 days, remain alcohol-free and drug-free, and submit to random testing.

Police said the chase in the Westminster area began when troopers tried to stop a car for speeding on eastbound Route 140, near the state police barracks.

During the chase, at speeds that exceeded 80 mph, the driver allegedly tried to run down two troopers when they tried to approach his vehicle after he stopped near Fenby Farm Road. The troopers fired their 9 mm pistols at the vehicle in an attempt to disable it.

After fleeing the scene, the man crashed head-on into a Westminster police cruiser on South Church Street and was captured after a foot chase.

He was not injured, police said.

In the other incident, two men in a pickup truck were arrested after a high-speed chase in the Sykesville area about 2 a.m. Sunday.

The chase began when police attempted to stop a black 1995 Chevrolet pickup being driven erratically on Larch Lane in Eldersburg. The four-mile chase, at speeds of more than 80 mph, ended in the 700 block of Iron Gate Circle in Sykesville.

The men jumped from the truck and fled. The driver eluded police, but the passengers were caught after a brief foot chase.

Samuel D. Nelson, 29, of the 100 block of Liberty St. and Victor D. Jackson, 25, of the 100 block of S. Center St. were arrested on charges of stealing the truck, stealing four bicycles found in the truck's bed and conspiring to steal the bicycles from residents in Sykesville and Eldersburg.

Both men were being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Pub Date: 6/18/96

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