A Tad man was arrested recently after leading police on a vehicle pursuit along Interstate 77, forcing deputies to use spike strips and then allegedly reaching for a handgun once he was stopped, according to court records.

Timothy Allan Carpenter, 37, 447 Jake Good Road, Tad, West Virginia, was charged with felony counts of fleeing with reckless indifference and possession of a concealed firearm while prohibited.

Just before midnight on Friday, March 29, deputies B.A. DeWees and S.C. Fisher were traveling north on West Virginia 21 north of the Goldtown exit ramp.

While navigating a turn, a Chevrolet S-10 heading south passed the deputies’ vehicle, going completely onto the shoulder of the southbound lane.

DeWees and fisher turned around to follow the vehicle, which they suspected was being operated by someone under the influence. The officers got behind the S-10 on Interstate 77 near the 118 mile maker. According to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court, the vehicle crossed the center line and the fog line multiple times.

Fisher activated his emergency lights, but the Chevrolet did not react. When Fisher activated his siren, the driver of the vehicle flipped a cigarette out of the driver’s side window and rolled up the window.

The deputies informed the Jackson County 911 Center that they were in pursuit of the vehicle and also notified Sheriff Tony Boggs and Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger.

According to the criminal complaint, the driver continued at speeds between 70 and 87 miles per hour, driving between both lanes, in the center of the road, and passing vehicles in both the right and left lanes.

The Jackson County 911 center reported the pursuit to officials in Kanawha County as the chase continued in that direction. Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department advised Fisher and DeWees they had set spike strips at the 108 mile marker.

The spike strips deflated three of the Chevrolet’s tires. The vehicle struck the guardrail in the median after running other vehicles off the road and the driver continued to attempt to flee. Deputies followed until the vehicle was unable to go any farther and stopped near the 106 mile marker.

DeWees, Fisher, and Deputy B.L. Williams approached the vehicle and saw the driver, later identified as Carpenter, reach for a handgun located in the driver’s side floorboard.

Williams was able to gain control of Carpenter and he was taken to the ground and placed into handcuffs.

According to the complaint, Carpenter said he ran because he had a warrant out of Kanawha County. He also he told Fisher that if had been unable to reach the gun, he was going to make the officers shoot him.