A Ravenswood City Police Officer and WV State Police Trooper were injured in a crash following a high-speed chase this morning on I-77. The West Virginia State Police have confirmed that two individuals are in custody in connection to the chase and charges should be filed this afternoon.
(Updated with raw scene photos - 4:15 p.m.)
A Ravenswood City Police Officer and West Virginia State Police Sergeant were injured this morning following a high speed chase that ended on I-77 just north of Fairplain.
Ravenswood Police Chief Paul Hesson has confirmed that Sgt. Johnnie Moore of the Ravenswood PD was injured during a crash that occurred at the end of the chase. Hesson said Moore's injuries did not appear to be serious.
Additionally, Sgt. S.E. Wolfe of the West Virginia State Police Ripley Detachment was injured after being accidentally bitten by a K-9 unit as he was attempting to apprehend one of the chase suspects.
Members of law enforcement from Jackson and Wood Counties engaged in a high speed pursuit along I-77 Thursday morning of two individuals who allegedly were caught stealing copper from a site in Wood County.
The chase ended around the 132 mile marker southbound on I-77 just north of the Fairplain interchange. There was a radio report of shots fired near the end of the chase.
A wrecker was called to the scene to conduct a rollback for a Ravenswood Police Department unit.
Sgt. Wolfe, who was being treated for the bite wound at Jackson General Hospital, confirmed that two suspects are in custody at the WVSP Ripley Headquarters. Wolfe will conduct the investigation and process the suspects for the state police. He said charges should be filed this afternoon in Magistrate Court.
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