Suspect in custody after hitting Kanawha County Deputy’s cruiser and fleeing scene

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WOWK) – UPDATE January, 27, 2020: The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Oakes, 34, of Cross Lanes is in custody following a pursuit that began at a home on Bluebell Drive in Cross Lanes.

Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said Metro 911 received a call regarding a disturbance in Cross Lanes Sunday, January 26, 2020, just after 6:00 p.m. The first deputy on the scene said he saw Oakes in his pickup truck preparing to leave his house. Deputy B. Kay exited his cruiser and was struck by the F-150 truck as Oakes placed it in reverse. The truck struck Deputy Kay, and then his cruiser before hitting a neighbor’s fence, car, and house; then fled the area. Deputy Kay was not seriously injured during the incident.

According to the KCSO, while traveling Big Tyler Road Oakes struck another vehicle. The people in that vehicle were transported to an area hospital for their injuries.

The sheriff’s office says a deputy then pursued Oakes vehicle after spotting it on Sissonville Drive and followed him until he crashed a short distance away.  Deputies say Oakes was combative during the arrest and that he showed signs of intoxication, but refused to participate in field sobriety tests. Police obtained a blood sample after a search warrant was issued.  The blood will be tested and may be used to demonstrate intoxication resulting in additional charges.

Deputies went to the home on Bluebell Drive to investigate the initial disturbance and property damage in the neighborhood.  The KSCO says the initial call came due to a domestic dispute between Oakes and his wife.

Police say Oakes was charged last night with strangulation, a felony, and that other charges may be considered by the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Kanawha County’s Sheriff’s Office says one suspect is in custody after a Sunday night pursuit that started in Cross Lanes and ended in Sissonville.

According to the KCSO, deputies were responding to a domestic dispute in Cross Lanes when a suspect fled the scene, striking deputy’s cruiser in the process.

The vehicle was later seen in Sissonville and pursued by police until it crashed near Charleston Auto on Sissonville Drive. The suspect has been detained. No further information has been released at this time.

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