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High Speed Chase, Crash Caught on Tape

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

A man is in jail after police say he led them on a high speed chase before crashing into a war memorial in South Charleston this weekend.

Police say Sean Pridemore was driving drunk when he first hit another car head-on on MacCorkle Avenue near Taco Bell. They say he fled the scene and headed east.

Officers say he grabbed their attention when he started going the wrong way on 7th Avenue, almost hitting a police cruiser. That officer tried to pull Pridemore over, but they say he speeded up and reached speeds of nearly 80mph before he crashed into the war memorial near the mound, ending the chase.

One person in the car that was hit had to be taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Pridemore is currently in the South Central Regional Jail. He's charged with driving under the influence causing injury, fleeing, and destruction of property.

Officers believe the 6-foot granite memorial is a total loss, but the mayor says the city will replace it. The city just unveiled the monument last November during a Veterans' Day Event.

Carved into the granite were the names of five residents who died in the Vietnam War. The monument cost about five thousand dollars.

WEB EXTRA: Click on the video link above to watch the unedited chase & crash video released by South Charleston Police.


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