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UPDATE: Todd Boyes handed down maximum sentence on original charges

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - UPDATE: 12/12/2017 10:00 a.m.

The maximum sentence was handed down to Todd Boyes - the man who police said escaped from South Central Regional Jail in Charleston and was found in Laredo, Texas trying to cross the Rio Grande River.  

Boyes was set to appear before Circuit Court Judge Tod Kaufman Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

The charges stemmed back to February, when Boyes led police on a chase through Kanawha County, starting in Charleston and ending up in Quick, West Virginia, just outside of Pinch. 

He was sentenced to three to ten years on one count of fleeing from police causing bodily injury.  Charleston Police said Boyes rammed a cruiser, injuring one of their police officers.  He was given one to five years on fleeing with reckless indifference, and one to five years for possession of a stolen vehicle. 

He is also still facing charges out of his home state of Ohio.

Kaufman made it clear that those sentences are to run consecutively.

"I'm glad that none of our officers were permanently disabled or killed in this situation," said Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper.  "It seems like, in these times, it's more and more dangerous for police officers to go out at work a shift at work.  We're pleased with the sentence."

Kanawha County prosecuting attorney, Charles "Chuck" Miller said, "We hope that this has a deterrent effect on other people who would engage in similar conduct.  He [Boyes] injured a Charleston Police officer and endangered a good number of people.  We hope that the sentence will send a message."

Miller said Boyes was wearing a red jumpsuit as an indicator that he is an escape risk.

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story. 


UPDATE: 3/8/2017 5:47 p.m.

The identity of officer injured during the high speed pursuit has been made public.

Cpl. Renee Smith of the Charleston Police Department was injured during the chase involving Todd Boyes.

Boyes was pursued after officers discovered a warrant for his connection to armed robbery.

He was arrested following the chase.

Cpl. Smith sustained serious injuries but was conscious when she was transported to the hospital.

Boyes is currently being held on a $1,000,000 cash bond at South Central Regional Jail.


ORIGNAL:

One police officer has been injured after an extensive chase throughout Kanawha County Saturday evening.

The chase began around 7:30 p.m. on Interstate 64. The suspect drove east on Interstate 64 before getting off at the Greenbrier Street exit.

The suspect drove up Greenbrier Street, and continued north on U.S. 114 in excess of 80 mph. 

The suspect then continued east past the towns of Pinch and Quick before driving onto Sanderson Road. Once on Sanderson Road, the suspect drove a short distance before wrecking.

In the process, a police cruiser was rammed. One female police officer was injured.

She is conscious and alert but has been transported to the hospital. The extent of her injuries are unknown at this time.

Todd Boyes, the suspect in the case, was shot in the hand. At this time, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department believe he was shot by law enforcement.

Boyes was wanted for aggravated robbery. A "be on the lookout" was issued for Boyes, who carjacked a vehicle in Belmont County, Ohio. He was believed to be armed with an AR-15. 

We will provide more information on this story as soon as we receive it.


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