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High-speed Chase Leads to Lengthy Prison Sentence for Salisbury Man

Posted: Aug 09, 2018 11:22 AM Updated:
This video still, from a Worcester County Sheriff's Office patrol car dash cam video, shows Garland Moss' car in flames on the side of US 113. This video still, from a Worcester County Sheriff's Office patrol car dash cam video, shows Garland Moss' car in flames on the side of US 113.

SNOW HILL, Md.- A Salisbury man who led police on a high-speed chase in the wrong direction of US 113 in Worcester County has been sentenced to 17-and-a-half years behind bars. 

According to prosecutors, on Oct. 27 of last year, Garland Moss, 50, was observed in the Pocomoke City Wal-Mart stealing a big screen TV. Walmart staffers tried to stop Moss before he left the property but they were unsuccessful.

Pocomoke City police were called and pursued Moss' car as it headed north on US 113 toward Berlin. The Worcester County Sheriff's Office continued the chase after Moss left the jurisdiction of Pocomoke police. Authorities said it was at this point that Moss began heading north in the southbound lanes of US 113 for several miles at a high rate of speed, posing a threat to others on the road. Multiple 9-1-1 calls were made from drivers who passed by Moss during the chase.

Worcester County sheriff's deputies used stop sticks to blow out Moss' tires but he continued to travel north in the southbound lanes of US 113 for several miles before Moss' vehicle caught on fire and was engulfed in glames. Sheriff's deputies were able to get Moss out of the burning vehicle.

Moss was initially charged with the Wal-Mart theft incident. However, because of the public safety threat posed by the high-speed chase in which Moss put potentially hundreds of lives in danger, Moss was also charged with assault, according to Interim Worcester County State's Attorney William McDermott.

A Worcester County jury on Tuesday convicted Moss of theft under $1,500, fleeing and eluding and two counts of second-degree assault. For the two assault convictions, Moss was sentenced to eight years for each. He was also sentenced to one year for fleeing and eluding and six months for the original theft count, bringing his total sentence to 17-and-a-half years.

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