UPDATE 5/13/13 @ 5:50 p.m.
CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A simple broken taillight started the wheels rolling in a police chase that ended with a fugitive, who was wanted for attempted murder, back behind bars.
"He was coming through town with no taillights and no brake lights," Chapmanville Police Lt. D.A. Browning said. "It was supposed to be just a safety check warning."
When the police officer turned on his lights and the driver of the car didn't stop, that traffic stop, which was supposed to be routine, turned into an extraordinary 11-hour event.
"911 stated the license plate was actually stolen, and then they came back later and said the vehicle was stolen," Browning said.
The driver of the car drove up a road where the occupants jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. The Chapmanville Police Department was assisted by West Virginia State Police and the Logan County Sheriff's Department's K-9 unit searching the woods for hours.
It was during that time, police were notified of a tip that the suspects were back in Chapmanville. It also was during this time that investigators learned their suspect was actually William Mitchell Pope, 32, of North Carolina -- a man wanted on attempted murder charges.
Police say Pope was back in the area looking up a longtime ex-girlfriend.
"In the past, he had actually broken her jaw, from a previous incident they had, Chapmanville Police Cpl. Nick Tucker said. "She was more than willing to help.
After a night in the woods, investigators checked the tip. The suspect had checked into a local motel about 8 a.m. Sunday. He was apprehended, along with a woman Jealene Kistler, about an hour later.
Kistler is also wanted in North Carolina, on burglary related charges.
Browning said it was an interesting 11 hours that put into play police training and cooperation between several departments.
"No traffic stop is routine," Browning said. "You never know who you're going to pull over."
Chapmanville Police tell WSAZ.com an officer tried to pull over a car with busted taillights about 9 p.m. Saturday but the driver would not pull over. The officer ran a plate check and discovered the car was stolen from Kentucky.
The car chase ended when two suspects jumped out of the stolen car and ran into the woods, according to police. Officers along with troopers, K-9's and sheriff's deputies in Logan County tried to track them down.
Police got a tip from a caller who told them the suspects were in Chapmanville and identified them as Mitchell Pope and Jealene Kistler, both of North Carolina.
A criminal history check later revealed they were both wanted in North Carolina, according to police. Police say Pope was wanted for attempted murder and Jealene was wanted for breaking and entering.
Police were given a tip after searching all night long that the pair had checked into the Roadway Inn at 8 a.m. Sunday. The Chapmanville Police Department, along with West Virginia State Police, were able to arrest the two suspects.
Pope and Kistler are facing several charges and are both in jail.
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