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Md. shoplifting suspect dies in crash during chase

Friday - 2/15/2013, 11:28am  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- The Washington County Sheriff's Department says a suspected shoplifter is dead and another man is recovering after a head-on crash during a police chase on Interstate 81 near Hagerstown.

Sheriff Douglas Mullendore told The Herald-Mail ( ) that the crash Thursday claimed the life of 58-year-old David Adams of Hagerstown.

Mullendore says Adams was suspected of stealing clothing from a Sears store at Valley Mall and left the shopping center driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Authorities gave chase, with Adams ultimately going the wrong way up a highway access ramp.

Mullendore says Adams' hit a Volkswagen SUV driven by 61-year-old Richard McGrath of Smithsburg.

Adams had been released from jail in November after serving 10 months for vehicle theft.


Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md.,

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