A Sissonville man led law enforcement officers on a three-county chase that began in Ripley Thursday, punctuated by brandishing an assault rifle and involving three stolen vehicles, before it ended in a fiery crash near Hurricane.

A Sissonville man led law enforcement officers on a three-county chase that began in Ripley Thursday, punctuated by brandishing an assault rifle and involving three stolen vehicles, before it ended in a fiery crash near Hurricane.

 The incident began when Justin Wilson, 18, arrived at Swann’s Tire Pros and AutoServie in Ripley in what turned out to be a stolen Ford Exloorer with an accomplice on the pretext of test driving a Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle that was for sale.

  Getting the keys, Wilson jumped into the Expedition and took off with it. According to reports, Walter Swann was able to grab the accomplice by his arm and neck through the driver’s window of the stolen Explorer and hold him for police.

 In the meantime, retired officers at the shop as customers, called 911 and Ripley City Police.

  Police officers chased Wilson through Jackson County, Kanawha County and Putnam County. During the chase, Wilson allegedly pointed an AR-15 assault rifle at pursing officers and fled down I-64, crossing into the opposing lanes of traffic and driving the wrong way.

   At Liberty Square in Teays Valley, Wilson carjacked a Putnam County Public Service District truck allegedly pointing the assault rifle at two men and threatening to kill them as he stole their truck.

  Fleeing in the third stolen vehicle, Wilson turned onto Hurricane Creek Road, again brandishing the assault rifle at officers, but he lost control and slammed into a utility pole and tree. The wrecked truck caught fire. 

  Wilson was apprehended at the wreck, and treated for injuries sustained in the crash and fire. He remains lodged in the Western Regional Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond, facing charges including armed robbery, grand larceny and fleeing in a vehicle.