UPDATE: Police Chase Ends on I-64 with Driver Crashing

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/25/13
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man faces several charges following a domestic dispute that led to a police chase Monday morning.

According to the criminal complaint, Teddy Norvell Simpkins, 60, of Huntington, got into a domestic dispute with his wife at their residence on Beech Drive about 7 a.m. Monday.

Deputies say he choked and hit his wife as he tied her to the bed. They say he then tried to rape her, and when she started screaming for help, Simpkins left the home.

Deputies say when they tried to stop Simpkins at Beech Drive and East Drive in Huntington, he took off on East Pea Ridge, and onto Route 60, running red lights and passing a vehicle in the oncoming lanes.

During the chase, deputies say Simpkins hit a car at the intersection of East Pea Ridge and Route 60, causing damage to the drivers side door and fender.

He fled from the scene of that accident and got on Interstate 64 at 29th Street.

Deputies were waiting on Simpkins at 16th Street when they say he attempted to hit a cruiser, going about 80 miles per hour.

They say he then tried to pass a tractor trailer on the left shoulder of the interstate, when he hit a guard rail, then hit the tractor trailer.

According to the criminal complaint, Simpkins tried to drive up a grass embankment, but hit several trees and flipped his car.

When deputies caught up with him, they say Simpkins would not comply with their commands, so they had to use their stun gun on him.

No one was seriously injured in the incident.

Simpkins is charged with fleeing from officers, two counts of destruction of property, attempted rape, attempted murder, obstructing an officer, domestic violence/battery, reckless driving, speeding and failure to obey traffic signals.

He is being held in the Western Regional Jail.

UPDATE 11/25/13 @ 11 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A domestic dispute apparently led to a police chase that ended with the driver losing control and flipping his car on its top near the 5th Street exit on I-64 in Huntington.

Cabell County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Slone tells WSAZ.com the incident began about 7:15 a.m. Monday, as a deputy was responding to a call about man and woman fighting at an apartment on Beech Drive near Barboursville. He says the couple’s son had gone next door to a neighbor’s house to report his parents were fighting.

Slone says as the deputy approached the apartment, he spotted the male suspect driving away and tried to stop him, but the man refused, kept going and the pursuit began.

That pursuit took the deputy west on Route 60, and then onto I-64 at the 29th Street exit.

The driver eventually lost control and crashed, with the car ending up on its top in a grassy area off the right side of the road, just east of the 5th Street exit.

Slone says at one point the driver tried to ram the cruiser and swerved into another deputy. None of the deputies were hurt during the pursuit.

The driver suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Slone says the driver did not go over 70 mph during the chase.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released the name of the driver and the charges he faces. They expect to have that information Monday afternoon.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/25/13 @ 7:45 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A police chase has ended with the driver crashing near the 5th Street exit on I-64 in Huntington.

The chase began on Route 60 near Barboursville about 7:20 Monday morning

Both Cabell County Sheriff’s Deputies and Huntington Police were involved in the pursuit.

Emergency crews tell WSAZ.com during the pursuit, the driver lost control of the vehicle and flipped it on its top.

There is no word why officers were pursuing the driver. That driver is now in custody.

The slow lane near the 5th Street exit is closed at this time.

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

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