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UPDATE (2:54 p.m. on Thursday, March 3): The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Dakota Taylor.

According to a criminal complaint, Taylor failed to stop for Charleston PD in Kanawha County, prompting a chase initiated by the South Charleston PD. They chased Taylor westbound on US 60 into Putnam County and then into Cabell County.

Police say that Taylor reached speeds in excess of 85 mph in Culloden where the speed limit was 40 mph. They say he passed numerous other drivers and “disregarded the center line” on US 60.

The chase went on for over 20 miles, and when officers tried to force Taylor to stop, they say he swerved at them.

They were finally successful in stopping Taylor, and they took him into custody.

His 17-month-old son was in the back seat of the car the whole time.

Taylor is charged with fleeing with reckless indifference and gross child neglect by a parent creating substantial risk of death or serious injury. These charges are only in Cabell County. More charges are expected in Kanawha and Putnam Counties.


SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A police pursuit began in South Charleston before 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning and crossed 3 counties.

A man fled Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Charleston with a 1-year-old baby.

Police tried to stop the vehicle with a male suspect inside, reports indicate that he tried to run over an officer. No details have been given on that aspect or whether the officer was injured.

South Charleston Police were able to initiate the chase with other agencies joining in. Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit and as they crossed into Putnam County, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office joined in to try and apprehend the suspect. They were able to pull the car over just inside the Cabell County line.

A 1-year-old was in the vehicle throughout the pursuit and when it ended in Culloden, the baby was taken by officers unharmed.

The male suspect has been arrested after the pursuit ended without a crash.

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