WSAZ INVESTIGATES: Criminal History Catches up to Chase Suspect

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff

UPDATE 4/19/13 @ 6:45 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The suspect in a police chase is in jail, and a WSAZ investigation has uncovered that he should have already been there.

Police say Tommy Ray Workman Jr., 19, stole a pickup truck and led officers on a chase through three counties before crashing on Route 119 in Kanawha County.

“The pursuit was extremely dangerous. A lot of people's lives were in danger,” Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker said.

Police were relieved when Thursday’s chase came to an end, but it might be hard for them to believe this will be the suspect’s last crime spree.

That's because they say Workman has done this before.

“Some of the officers on scene actually recognized him from just a few months ago, and it's very frustrating because my understanding from that pursuit is he was driving like an idiot there, too -- putting people's lives in danger. He's out of jail again doing the same thing,” Barker said.

Barker is talking about a chase back in December. Much like this time, police say Workman stole a car and led them through several counties.

However, instead of a crash, that one ended with Workman burning the car.

WSAZ.com contacted the Lincoln County Courthouse to see where the case stands.

Workman has signed a plea agreement, but he hasn't been sentenced yet.

WSAZ.com also contacted the Kanawha County Courthouse and learned that just last week a warrant was issued for Workman's arrest.

It has to do with yet another car theft.

About a week before the chase in December, he was caught on surveillance video stealing a car at a gas station.

He was indicted, but never showed up for court, so the judge issued a bench warrant.

The chase and crash came about a week after the warrant was issued, putting Workman right where police want him: behind bars.

Workman faces a long list of charges in several different counties.

He remains in the South Central Regional Jail, with a $15,000 bond in Lincoln County and a $25,000 bond in Boone County.

WSAZ.com contacted Workman for his side of the story, but he declined the interview.



ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.VA. (WSAZ) -- State police have recently cleared the scene of a crash at the Boone-Kanawha County line, following a chase with a stolen car suspect.

It happened just after four on US-119 at Sand Plant Road.

Metro 911 dispatchers say the suspect vehicle was the only one involved in the crash. The driver was not injured and taken into custody.

No state troopers were injured.

Corridor G was closed for a short time while crews cleaned up the scene but it is back open.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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