Deputy chases driver to W.Va.

Posted: March 6, 2013

The Winchester Star

Matthew Cameron

WINCHESTER — A Florida man who was believed to be drunk and driving a stolen truck led local police on a chase Monday night after flagging an officer down for directions to Interstate 95.

Matthew Cameron, 22, of Cocoa, Fla., is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail in West Virginia, where he was caught.

Once he is extradited, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office has warrants for Cameron for larceny of a motor vehicle, felony eluding, driving under the influence, reckless driving and driving without a license.

According to Capt. John Heflin, Deputy A. Kendra was patrolling just after midnight at the Rutherford Crossing shopping center north of Winchester when Cameron flashed his vehicle lights at him and approached to ask for directions to I-95.

The deputy noticed while talking with Cameron that he appeared to be impaired and proceeded to run the vehicle’s tags.

About that time, Heflin said, Cameron fled the scene, running a red light at Rutherford Crossing and then turning north onto Martinsburg Pike (U.S. 11).

The deputy got back into his car and pursued Cameron — who disregarded the officer’s lights and sirens and continued speeding on Martinsburg Pike.

The chase continued into West Virginia, where Kendra notified State Police and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

The agencies set up spike strips at Winchester Avenue and West Virginia Route 9 on the south end of Martinsburg, according to Heflin.

Once Cameron hit the spike strips, the vehicle’s tires deflated and the car spun out in the middle of Route 9.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office then took him into custody.

Heflin said the truck was reported stolen in Maryland and that the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office took possession of it.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com