UPDATE: (3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2022): A K-9 track to find a suspect in a Kanawha County pursuit was unsuccessful, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

The KCSO says the incident began when a deputy checked the license plate on a truck and learned the plate and the truck were possibly stolen. The sheriff’s office says two deputies then pulled into the Marathon service station in the Chelyan/Cabin Creek area behind the vehicle. Deputies said the suspect saw them while he was pumping gas, got into the truck and fled.

According to deputies, the truck drove along Cabin Creek Road, reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour. They say the driver allegedly through several items such as paper, clothing and tools from the vehicle during the chase in an alleged attempt to distract the deputies.

The KCSO says the vehicle came to a stop on a pipeline road and the driver then fled on foot. Deputies attempted a K-9 track, but were unable to locate the suspect.

Initial reports from authorities stated the driver had possibly had a firearm and thrown it from the vehicle, but they were not able to confirm it or find any firearms.

Deputies recovered the vehicle, which was reported as stolen.


UPDATE: (1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2022): The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office is releasing more details on a pursuit that began this morning, saying it has now turned into a K-9 tracking situation.

According to the KCSO, the pursuit began around 11:20 a.m. at the Marathon service station in Chelyan.

Deputies say while it is unclear if the vehicle involved in the pursuit is stolen, but the license plate on the vehicle is stolen. The sheriff’s office says the suspect may have had a firearm in hand at the time the pursuit began and that it was allegedly thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit. They are currently investigating to confirm that report.

The KCSO says the driver fled from the vehicle and a K-9 track is currently underway.


CHELYAN, WV (WOWK) – Authorities are responding to a pursuit in Kanawha County.

According to Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers, the incident began around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the 15000 block of MacCorkle Avenue SE in Chelyan.

Dispatchers say the pursuit has ended “way up Cabin Creek Road.” No further details have been released at this time.

This is a developing story and we will continue to provide updates as more details become available.