A Hagerstown man was charged with first-degree assault, fleeing police and other offenses after a Tuesday morning disturbance call to Freemont Street developed into a car chase, Hagerstown police said.
Stephen Zachary Peplinski, 26, of 412 Freemont St., also was charged with second-degree assault, reckless driving and several traffic violations, police said. He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center following his arrest, police said. Peplinski was being held Tuesday afternoon on $30,000 bond on charges stemming from the pursuit and $60,000 bond on the charges from the Monday assault, a detention center official said.
Officers went to Peplinski’s home at 9 a.m. for a report of a disturbance involving him, police said. Before officers arrived, Peplinski left the house in a gold Toyota Corolla.
Peplinski was wanted on a warrant for first- and second-degree assault from an incident that occurred Monday, and officers began searching for the car, police said. At 9:28 a.m., the car was spotted going west on U.S. 40 near Nottingham Road, but Peplinski refused to pull over, police said.
Officers pursued him west on U.S. 40 to the area of the Forty West Landfill, where a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy deployed stop sticks, flattening a front tire, police said. Peplinski continued driving for about a mile before stopping, police said.
Peplinski refused to get out of the car and had to be removed by officers, police said.