UPDATE (Wednesday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m.): According to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy B.L. Shamblin was on patrol in Loudendale when he saw a silver van with a license plate that did not match the vehicle.
After an attempted traffic stop, the van sped away before Deputy Shamblin could approach the vehicle. The van drove erratically along Kanawha State Forest Road and onto Cane Fork Road. The driver slowed to let an adult male passenger out of the van and then continued to drive toward Charleston, stopping and reversing toward the deputy’s cruiser several times.
Charleston police officers laid out spike strips, which flattened one of the van’s tires, but the driver continued to the 800 block of South Park Road, where it finally came to a stop.
The driver tried to flee, but Corporal Dickerson and his K9 Brix of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office tracked down Richard Walker, 62, of Charleston. He was found hiding in a pile of leaves and brush. His operator’s license was revoked, and he was charged with fleeing with reckless indifference, which is a felony.
Additional charges may be filed at a later date.
KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – One person is in custody after leading police on a pursuit and foot chase in Charleston.
Kanawha County Deputies first chased the suspect on Kanawha State Forest Drive. The suspect then traveled South Park Road, where Charleston police joined deputies in the pursuit, according to scanner traffic.
After leaving their vehicle, the suspect fled on foot up the mountain towards Fox Chase Road before being apprehended by authorities at just after 1:30 a.m.
There is no word on what caused the initial pursuit. We’ll bring you the latest details as they become available.