Man from Mount Airy charged in police chase


A Mount Airy man who attempted to outrun state police by driving his 1985 Ford pickup truck at speeds exceeding 100 mph during a 20-mile chase was captured after he entered a cornfield and ran from the truck, police reported.

Officers said a man was spotted driving faster than the speed limit on Route 144 in Mount Airy about 2 a.m. Sunday. When Trooper Wesley Herman tried to stop the truck, it accelerated and crossed the line into Frederick County with the officer in pursuit.

The trooper said the vehicle made several turns before returning to Carroll County and driving north on Route 27 at more than 100 mph. Police said the driver turned right on Cabbage Spring Road, left on Davis Road and left on Gillis Road, where he was boxed in by troopers.

The man drove the pickup across a cornfield until it became mired, then fled on foot, police said. Officers, with the aid of the powerful searchlight of a state police helicopter, caught the man a short time later.

Jason Daryl Harshman, 20, of the 100 block of Heritage Farm Drive was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, and other traffic violations. He was released after posting $10,000 bond, police said.

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