UPDATE: Man Arrested in Accident that Led to Shutdown of I-77

By: Carrie Jones Email
By: Carrie Jones Email
A law enforcement chase Wednesday night on Interstate 77 that ended with a crash and a man in handcuffs started several miles earlier.

(WSAZ Photo/Laura Hatfield)

UPDATE 5/18/11 @ 10:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A law enforcement chase Wednesday night on Interstate 77 that ended with a crash and a man in handcuffs started several miles earlier.

It began when a toll collector on the West Virginia Turnpike reported a possible drunk driver. That's when deputies started following Victor Armstrong.

Shortly after, he crashed into the back of a police cruiser and then into a tractor-trailer.

Armstrong then got out of the car and started toward deputies. They initially were on guard because they thought he was armed.

"He came up as though he had a pistol in his hand," West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.A. Jackson said. "No one fired. He went back into the vehicle, then acted like he picked up a gun. It wasn't until the deputy walked up to him that he realized he wasn't armed."

Armstrong did get into a scuffle with a deputy, who suffered a leg injury and was taken to the hospital.

The crash also led to the closure of the northbound lanes of Interstate 77 and two of the southbound lanes.

As it turns out, the suspect was driving a stolen car from Virginia. He faces charges in Kanawha County for DUI and fleeing from an officer.



UPDATE 5/18/11 @ 9:50 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A law enforcement chase Wednesday night ended with a crash and a man in cuffs.

Deputies started following Victor Armstrong on Interstate 77 in Charleston when they thought he was driving drunk.

A chase started, and that's when Armstrong crashed into a wall then hit the cruiser of a Kanawha County Sheriff's deputy.

When the deputy confronted Armstrong, they got into a physical struggle and the deputy suffered a minor injury.

Armstrong faces several charges.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An accident Wednesday night on Interstate 77 is causing some major traffic delays.

The cruiser of a Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputy was hit during the accident. The deputy suffered minor injuries.

All northbound lanes near mile-marker 98 are closed. Two southbound lanes in the area also are closed at this time.

The accident occurred during a police pursuit on I-77

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