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Two Men Identified in High Speed Chase Near Rt. 40

Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office have released the names of the two men who were arrested Monday afternoon after they led police on a high speed chase in Myersville.
FREDERICK, Md. - Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office have released the names of the two men who were arrested Monday afternoon after they led police on a high speed chase in Myersville. 

Police say the driver of the vehicle has been identified as Divine Kip Walden, 19, of Baltimore, Md. and the passenger has been identified as John M. Womack, 18, of Hagerstown.

As we've reported, the chase happened around 2:42 p.m. Monday in the area of U.S. Rt. 40 and Hawbottom Road. Deputies say they saw a black Plymouth Neon pass another vehicle on a double yellow line, which is a no-passing zone, on the roadway. 

When Dfc. McDowell with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle pulled to the right side of the roadway and slowed but then took off at a high rate of speed. A short chase then ensued. 

Deputies say due to the unsafe speed of the vehicle, they backed off from the pursuit but did continue in the same direction from a safe distance. 

Walden and Womack were then spotted in the area of Churchill Road where they abandoned the vehicle and fled into a wooded area. A perimeter was established and a Sheriff's Office K9 responded to assist. The two were apprehended a short time later. 

Walden faces multiple charges including fleeing and eluding, negligent driving, reckless driving, driving on the left side of the roadway, driving without a license and exceeding the maximum speed. Womack was found to have an outstanding warrant throughout Washington County. Both are currently being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. 



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