A Given man was arrested for allegedly breaking into an impound lot and stealing a vehicle.
Matthew Thomas Lawrence, 47, 524 Pleasant Valley Road, Given, was charged with a felony count of breaking and entering.
On May 4, Jackson County sheriff’s Deputy L.M. Casto responded to a breaking and entering at Haynes Wrecker Service in which a man broke into the yard and stole a dark blue Nissan SUV, according to a complaint filed by Casto.
Casto watched the surveillance video and saw a male subject enter the wrecker yard and take a blue Nissan Armada that was towed from Loves truck stop on May 3 by the West Virginia State Police.
Casto identified the suspect as Lawrence, who had active warrants out of Jackson County, according to the complaint.
On May 5, Deputy B.L. Varney spotted the stolen Nissan Armada being driven by Lawrence on West Virginia 21 near Kenna. Varney lost sight of the vehicle, but later located it abandoned near a building.
As Casto was pulling in to assist Varney with tracking the driver using a K-9, Lawrence allegedly darted out of a building and took off sprinting on foot, according to the complaint. Casto made several verbal commands for Lawrence to stop but he would not comply, the complaint states.
Casto gave chase across a creek and through the woods. The foot chase continued across the roadway. Lawrence was caught and taken into custody in a nearby creek.
While Casto was trying to place Lawrence into handcuffs, Lawrence became resistant and combative but was eventually subdued, according to the complaint.