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Man wanted in Pennsylvania carjacking arrested after chase

By Joe Beck

Shenandoah County deputies arrested a Waynesboro, Pa., man wanted for a carjacking in his hometown after a chase and car crash in the Quicksburg area early Monday.

Shenandoah County Lt. Darcy Dellinger said Tuesday the man was identified as Curtis Wade Munday, 32.

Dellinger said the chase began around midnight Monday when a deputy checking schools in the southern part of the county noticed a car pulling out of Ashby Elementary School on Stonewall Lane in Quicksburg.

Dellinger said the deputy activated his emergency lights but the car kept going until reaching the end of Stonewall Lane and making a U-turn. Dellinger said the deputy was able to see the driver and get a description as he made the U-turn while car lights were shining in his face.

Dellinger said the deputy stopped his pursuit while an officer from Mount Jackson headed toward the scene to pick up the chase. Dellinger said the Mount Jackson officer saw the fleeing car go through the intersection of Old Valley Pike and Caverns roads before it hit a fence and the roadside. The driver fled the scene on foot, Dellinger said.

As the law enforcement officers investigated the accident, the driver returned to ask them what was going on, Dellinger said. The deputy then identified the driver, based on what he had seen of him during the U-turn, Dellinger said.

A news release from the Waynesboro Police Department states the agency issued an arrest warrant for Munday, based on a report of a carjacking in that community at about 6 p.m. Saturday.

Waynesboro police said a female driver reported that a man opened her car door, demanded she leave the car, grabbed her and pulled her from the vehicle. He then entered the car and drove away, according to authorities.

Waynesboro police issued an arrest warrant for Munday that listed charges of robbery of a motor vehicle; two counts of theft; two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of simple assault.

The charges in Shenandoah County include: trespassing on school property; possession of stolen property; attempting to elude police; drunk driving; refusal to take a breath test and driving without a license.

Munday is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District at 2 p.m. on Friday. He is being held without bail in the county jail.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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