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Prince George's police had him listed as a missing person, Montgomery police said.

Program Begun for Montgomery Addicts

Montgomery County officials and judges announced last week the start of a specialized court to provide more intensive supervision and treatment for adult and juvenile offenders addicted to drugs.

The court, which began operating in December, will handle 60 participants in its first year -- 30 adults and 30 juveniles, county officials said. Participants must be Montgomery residents, nonviolent and charged with violating probation. Juvenile participants may be 14 to 17 1/4 years old.

Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Nelson W. Rupp Jr. said traditional courts and monitoring programs have failed to help drug addicts who commit crimes.

THE DISTRICT

Man Accused in Assault on Officer, Chase

Police arrested a man early yesterday after he struck an officer with his vehicle and led law enforcement on a pursuit around the Capital Beltway.

The chase began shortly after 5 a.m. near 54th and Eads streets NE when police attempted to stop the vehicle the man was driving, said Officer Kenneth Bryson, a D.C. police spokesman. Bryson said the driver fled, and as he did, "brushed" an officer with his vehicle.

Police began to pursue the vehicle, which fled into Prince George's County and then onto the Beltway, Bryson said. Officers from Prince George's and the Maryland State Police became involved, he said.

The pursuit ended near the River Road exit, he said. The driver, who was accused of assaulting the officer, has not been identified, Bryson said.

"Apparently there were no real serious injuries to the officer," Bryson said.

Brick Hits Metrobus Window; Driver Hurt

A Metrobus driver was injured last night when youths threw a brick into the windshield of his moving bus in Southeast Washington, a Metro spokesman said.

After stopping his W4 bus, the driver, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital where glass fragments were washed from his eyes, said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. He said Metro Transit Police are looking for three youths in connection with the 6:24 p.m. incident on Southern Avenue near Easy Place in the Benning Heights area.

None of the dozen passengers on the northbound bus was reported injured. Authorities have identified rock throwing at buses as a significant problem in parts of the region.

Man Found Dead in SE Apartment Building

A man was found fatally shot last night in the hallway of a Southeast Washington apartment building, after a neighbor reported hearing gunfire, D.C. police said.

The man, believed to be in his twenties, was shot in the upper body about 10:30 p.m. and died at the scene, in the 2200 block of Hartford Street, police said.

He had not been identified as of early this morning.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's just one of those unbelievable events for people who are excited about this president. We have folks who could be out at a parking lot at the Convention Center the whole time and never get near a ball, and they're still so honored to be a part of it."

-- Gordon Pennoyer, coordinator of volunteers for the

Presidential Inaugural Committee. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Spencer S. Hsu, Susan Kinzie, Katherine Shaver, Martin Weil, David A. Fahrenthold and David S. Fallis and the Associated Press.


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