Man charged in auto thefts after two accidents

February 06, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man was charged with two counts of auto theft and numerous traffic offenses after two hit-and-run accidents in southwest Carroll County early yesterday, state police said.

Six vehicles, including a school bus, were involved in the accidents.

Joseph W. Skipper, 37, who has no permanent address, was being held at Carroll County Detention Center on $10,000 bail pending a bail review hearing today, District Court records show.

State police said a 1992 Chevrolet Corsica was stolen about 4: 30 a.m. yesterday in Baltimore and driven to the Taylorsville area, where it was involved in an accident with a school bus and a Chevrolet truck on Liberty Road near Ridge Road about 7: 30 a.m.

The bus had no passengers and its driver, Robert Burgess, was not injured, police said.

Roger Tracey, the truck driver, suffered injuries when his vehicle overturned, police said. He was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

The driver of the stolen Corsica then stole a 1985 Dodge truck belonging to Martin Myers, a motorist who had stopped to offer assistance, police said. A witness followed the stolen truck east on Liberty Road and south on Woodbine Road, police said.

Minutes later, south of Streaker Road, the truck swerved in front of a northbound Eagle Talon driven by David Fetterhoff, forcing him off the two-lane road. The Talon struck a mailbox and came to rest in a ditch, but Fetterhoff was uninjured, police said.

The Dodge truck, which had continued south on Woodbine Road, then went out of control, crossed over the northbound lane, ran through a yard and struck several mailboxes and a 1994 Honda in a driveway on Calico Lane, police said. Police said two people in the Honda were not injured.

The man got out of the stolen truck and tried to steal a third vehicle from an unidentified motorist who had stopped to help, police said. But the driver of the Honda chased the man on foot and held him until Sgt. Gary Jones, an off-duty officer from Maryland National Capitol Park Police, arrived about 8 a.m. and locked him in his patrol vehicle.

In addition to the auto theft counts, Skipper was charged with two counts of failing to stop after an accident, two counts of negligent driving, reckless driving, failing to drive right of center and driving on a suspended license.

Court records show that Skipper was being sought on arrest warrants in Baltimore City and Baltimore County and for an alleged probation violation.

Pub Date: 2/06/97

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