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Two Drug Suspects Under Guard And Facing Charges After Pursuit

December 14th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Maryland state troopers are guarding two suspects tonight while they are hospitalized after they sustained injuries when they fled from a traffic stop early this afternoon, throwing drugs and cash from the car before crashing. 

The two suspects are adult males from the Baltimore, Md., area.  They are not being identified at this time because charges have not yet been filed against them, due to their hospitalization.  Both are under State Police guard while they are being treated at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland. 

At about 1:15 p.m. today, troopers were conducting traffic enforcement on westbound I-68 near Rocky Gap when a Ford Taurus was stopped for speeding.  The trooper who approached the driver and passenger smelled marijuana within the vehicle and asked the driver to step out of the car. 

Instead of complying, the driver accelerated away and fled from the stop.  The trooper followed the suspect vehicle, which left the interstate at Henderson Avenue and drove into Cumberland at speeds above the limit.  The driver of the Taurus turned onto southbound Rt. 36 before crashing into the carport of a residence in the 14000-block of Mount Savage Road.  

Both suspects were taken into custody, with the assistance of Maryland State Police Aviation Command helicopter Trooper 5, which was overhead during part of the pursuit.  An ambulance was called and transported the two to the hospital with what are believed by first responders to be non-life threatening injuries.  No one in the house was injured. 

While the suspects were fleeing, troopers observed them throwing suspected drugs and cash from the car.  Backup units stopped along the route and recovered 75 small plastic capsules containing suspected crack cocaine, a small amount of suspected marijuana, more than $500 in cash and about $200 of counterfeit money.  

Felony drug-related charges are pending against the two.  Traffic charges are also pending against the driver.  Cumberland Barrack troopers are continuing the investigation

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