Motorcyclist charged with traffic violations


A 31-year-old Manchester-area man, who police say led Maryland and Pennsylvania state troopers on a 130-mph chase on his motorcycle on Labor Day, has been charged with numerous traffic violations.

Cpl. Robert Scott Yinger said he saw a 1986 Yahama at Bachman Valley and Eckard roads about 10 a.m. on Monday and attempted to stop the driver for operating 75 mph in a 50 mph zone. When he attempted to stop the motorcycle, Corporal Yinger said, the driver accelerated east on Eckard Road, a single lane gravel road.

During the pursuit, gravel from the road broke the windshield of the patrol car, the officer said. Corporal Yinger copied the license number of the motorcycle and notified the Westminster barracks.

Police said several other troopers joined the chase and speeds reached up to 130 mph on Hanover Pike at Lineboro Road. Maryland troopers ended their pursuit at the Pennsylvania line, and the motorcyclist eluded West Manheim and Penn Township police in York County before returning to Maryland, where Corporal Yinger was waiting.

Officers said no one was injured in the chase.

Gregory W. Reichert of the 3300 block of Eckard Road was charged with numerous traffic violations and unauthorized display of registration plates issued to another vehicle.

Water use limited by Hampstead officials

Hampstead officials have declared a moratorium on using water outdoors until Saturday because a fire hydrant on Greenmount Church Road was left open for about 18 hours.

In addition, officials are asking residents to voluntarily limit their use of water indoors.

"This was certainly intentional," said Town Manager Neil M. Ridgely, noting that police have not yet determined who opened the hydrant. "It has drawn our reserve tanks down. We have enough water for emergency and primary uses, but the pressure is low."

Just before the water moratorium was declared, town officials were asking residents to voluntarily stop watering their lawns and washing their cars because of the extended drought conditions.

"Lawns will naturally go dormant this time of year, so watering at this time is unnecessary," Mr. Ridgely said. "Turf grasses will rebound and green up as soon as evening temperatures cool off and regular rainfall resumes."

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