Two people were arrested after the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office pursued a stolen West Virginia Department of Transportation Truck over the weekend.
Steven Clay, 21, of Charleston, WV and James Bostic, 27, of Charleston, WV have been charged with transferring or Receiving a stolen vehicle and Fleeing with reckless indifference. Additional charges may be filed at a later date.
On Sunday, June 17th, 2018, just after 3:30 AM, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Speedway Convenience Store in Sissonville, WV for a stolen WV DOT Courtesy Patrol truck.
The 2018 model Ford F150 was being tracked using a GPS system.
Kanawha County dispatchers worked with the Courtesy Patrol dispatchers to locate the vehicle and route responding law enforcement units.
The first dispatched location was on Copen Branch Road off of Silas-Kanawha Two Mile Road in the Eden’s Fork area.
Deputies responded to the area from multiple directions and setup stop-sticks.
Deputies saw two sets of headlights, one of which was the stolen Courtesy Patrol truck. The other was a vehicle stolen in the City of Dunbar earlier that night.
When Deputies attempted a traffic stop on the vehicles they both sped up and fled, eventually driving across stop sticks deployed by another Deputy Sheriff. The stop sticks disabled both vehicles.
The stolen Chevrolet pickup lost control and crashed into an embankment. The courtesy patrol vehicle hit a guardrail.
Both drivers ran away, one jumping over the guardrail into a ravine of thick brush and the other towards a park-and-ride.
KCSO then deployed a K9 unit who apprehended the driver of the stolen Courtesy Patrol truck while running through a thicket. This driver was later identified as Clay.
Several minutes later, deputies entered the ravine to locate the driver of the stolen Chevrolet pickup. The K9 unit then located the suspect in heavy brush, apprehend the suspect, and removed him from the brush. He was detained and identified as Bostic.
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