Woodsboro driver is injured in crash while fleeing police


A 25-year-old Woodsboro man was critically injured yesterday when he lost control of his car during a high-speed chase with state police in Frederick County and rammed a pickup truck, according to police.

William John Campbell was flown by a state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore, where he was reported in critical but stable condition last night.

Sgt. Terry L. Hill of the Frederick barracks said the chase began just before 2 a.m. when a trooper attempted to stop a car that was moving erratically on U.S. 15, about 5 miles north of Frederick.

As the car sped north at speeds exceeding 90 mph, three state police cars managed to box it in, Sergeant Hill said. But the driver swerved and forced one of the state police cars off the road and into an embankment, he said.

The driver then lost control of his car and struck a pickup truck stopped at the intersection with Powell Road, he said.

The driver of the truck, Kenneth R. Sweeney, 32, of Thurmont and Tfc. Richard B. Alexander, 30, were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released, police said.

Police said charges are pending.

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