A Sissonville man was arrested recently for leading police on a high-speed pursuit and fleeing on foot after crashing the vehicle.
James Delbert Reed, 40, 1978 First Creek Road, Sissonville, was charged with a felony count of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference.
Around 12:30 a.m. on March 5, Lt. Todd Roberts of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department observed Dodge Charger headed north on Interstate 77 around the 130 mile mark. As the vehicle was going through the split before Fairplain, Roberts saw it go right of the fog line and conducted a traffic stop, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
Just before the Fairplain exit, Roberts attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver did not comply, according to the complaint. The vehicle exited the highway at Fairplain and went left on West Virginia 21.
The vehicle increased speed and continued south on WV 21, crossing the center line and going around curves on the wrong side of the road, according to the complaint. As the pursuit passed Kentuck Road, a trooper with the West Virginia State Police was at the intersection with his headlights shining on the driver side of the vehicle as it passed. The officer reported what he believed were two white males int h the car.
South of Cunningham Road, the vehicle gained distance on the pursuing officers and turned down Dog Fork, where it crashed nearly a mile down the road, according to the complaint.
The occupants of the vehicle fled. Roberts deployed is canine partner to begin to track the individuals. Both were located a short distance away near some brush.
The two individuals identified Reed as the driver of the vehicle. His wallet was found inside, but he was not located at the scene.
A short time later, it was reported that a male individual exited the woods and was talking to a resident near the scene of the crash. Deputies responded to that area and the man ran from them. After falling a couple of times and reaching into his jacket pocket, the deputies were able to take him into custody.