UPDATE: Kanawha County police pursuit suspect identified, charged

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UPDATE (5:30 P.M. Sept. 11, 2021) – St. Albans police have identified the suspect in a pursuit this afternoon as 26-year-old Joshua Roupe.

Roupe faces charges of Felling with reckless indifference and warrants for improper registration, driving while revoked DUI and fleeing from an officer.

According to St. Albans Police Chief Joe Crawford, the pursuit began with a stop for a traffic violation. St. Albans police say during the chase Roupe allegedly turned down a one-way street the wrong way in Charleston. Crawford says one of his officers saw children playing near the street in the direction the vehicle, a pick-up truck with a trailer, was heading and then used his cruiser to block and stop the pick-up from getting close to or striking the children.


KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – A police pursuit that started in St. Albans has ended with a crash in Charleston, according to Metro 911 dispatchers.

The call was first reported around 3:06 p.m. on Kanawha Terrace in St. Albans. Dispatchers say the chase continued to Charleston where the vehicle crashed near the intersection of 7th Avenue and 20th Street on the West Side.

Officials say no one was injured and one person has been detained.

An official with Metro 911 tells WOWK he believes the chase began due to the vehicle not having a license plate.

The St. Albans Police Department, Nitro Police Department, Dunbar Police Department, Charleston Police Department and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office responded to the pursuit.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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