Trooper unhurt after patrol car hits guard rail

A Maryland state trooper escaped injury Tuesday when the brakes of his 1989 Chevrolet Caprice patrol car locked and the vehicle spun into a guard rail on Stone Chapel Road near Medford Road.

Tfc. Ronald E. Diggs, 24, said he was pursuing a vehicle east along Stone Chapel Road about 2:25 a.m. when the accident occurred.


He said his brakes locked when he attempted to stop at Medford Road, and the car spun out of control, crossed Medford Road and hit the guard rail.

Officials said they are conducting an administrative investigation of the accident.


3 slightly injured in Route 97 crash

Three county residents were released from Carroll County General Hospital after treatment yesterday for injuries they received when the car in which they were riding struck a tree and a parked car on Route 97 north of Kriders Church Road.

State police said the 1991 Chevrolet Geo was southbound on Route 97 at 3:06 a.m. when the driver, Daniel J. Hill 3rd, 25, of the 4300 block of Salem Bottom Road, drove off the right side of the highway.

Two passengers, Charles D. Brightful, 19, of the 100 block of S. Court St., and Brenda J. Wike, 16, of the 3000 block of Sykesville Road, and the driver received minor injuries in the crash, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Board names Mills to Sandymount post

The Board of Education appointed Linda K. Mills acting principal at Sandymount Elementary School yesterday, for an indefinite time while Principal Helen "Anita" Metz is on medical leave.

Mrs. Mills has been assistant principal at Robert Moton Elementary School since last year, and at Westminster Elementary School for six years before that.

The Finksburg school will have a rededication ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the remodeling and expansion completed a year ago. The ceremony was delayed while the school's occupants adjusted to the move just before the holiday season last year.


Refreshments and an open house will follow the ceremony.


* Westminster: A vandal used a pumpkin to damage the automobile of a Crossbridge Drive resident on Tuesday. The owner said he discov

ered the trunk lid and the tail light assembly of the vehicle damaged when it was parked near his house. He estimated the loss at $400.

An employee of RMS Inc., in the 100 block of Railroad Ave., told police someone damaged the driver's door of one of the company's trucks Tuesday. Damage was estimated at $350.



* Westminster: Westminster responded for an auto fire on Route 140 at Sullivan Road at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday. Units were out 17 minutes.