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UPDATE: Fatal Crash Reported after Chase Along I-64 in Hurricane

UPDATE 12/6/12 @ 6:10 p.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A career criminal, who died... much as he lived.

“The man was fleeing from the Hurricane Police Department,” Sgt. Alan Savilla with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. “He is a fleeing felon.”

Jan Dennis Perry took off from the Hurricane Walmart this morning after trying to steal a big screen TV, video games, food and beer.

“As our officers were on the way there, he got into his car, started running stoplights stop signs trying to get out of there,” Mayor Scott Edwards said. “He knew the police were coming.”

Edwards says Perry ran because he knew what was next if he was caught.

“He's wanted for extradition anywhere in the United States,” Sgt. Savilla said. “Meaning he has criminal charges on him and they will extradite him anywhere in the United States.”

The chase down Interstate 64 lasted only seconds, but reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, before Perry made a fatal mistake.

“This was at the last second when the gentleman decided to make a right and if you're doing that high rate of speed that's obviously not a good idea,” Edwards said. “The officers knew better than to do that. “

Perry's car hit a curb-- veered sideways-- and crashed into the back of a semi. He was killed on impact. Officers stopped along the interstate and saw the crash.

“The officers were noticeably shaken up, but they were just doing their job,” Edwards said. “The guy was driving recklessly, they'd been called for a potential theft from Walmart. They saw his erratic driving. He ran from them and he caused himself to die.”



UPDATE 12/6/12 @ 1:50 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man who died after he crashed his vehicle during a high speed chase was wanted on bank robbery charges.

The police chase started just after 11 a.m. Thursday near Walmart in Hurricane.

Mayor Scott Edwards tells WSAZ.com police received a call from Walmart saying a man was trying to steal several items from the store. The man, 44, of Clarksburg, was driving away from the store as Hurricane Police got on scene and when they tried to stop him, he took off.

The suspect drove on the interstate and led police on a chase in the eastbound lanes.

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards tells WSAZ.com the chase reached 100 MPH before the driver tried to exit the interstate and crashed into a semi parked at the Hurricane rest stop, according to Mayor Edwards.

The mayor says the suspect's car hit a curb before crashing. The officers had already slowed down.

The driver of the semi that was hit tells WSAZ.com he was at the rest stop to take a short break. He says he had just returned from the restroom and was ready to turn the ignition on when the car slammed into his rig.

The driver says he never saw the car coming.

Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies say this man was a fugitive wanted on unrelated bank robbery charges.

No one else was hurt in the accident.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department has taken over the investigation since this incident involved a chase. That's normal procedure when something like this happens.

The truck driver worked for Mayer Pollodk Steel Corporation out of Pennsylvania.

We have a crew at the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY @ 11:58 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A deadly crash has been reported along Interstate 64 at the Hurricane rest stop.

The wreck was reported just after 11 a.m. Thursday.

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards tells WSAZ.com Hurricane Police got into a pursuit with a driver that was allegedly wanted for taking items from a local store. The chase reached 100 MPH in the eastbound lanes before the driver tried to exit the interstate and crashed into a semi parked at the Hurricane rest stop, according to Mayor Edwards.

Mayor Edwards says the man was killed in the crash. Emergency crews are on the scene now using the jaws of life to get the man out of the car.

Investigators say this man was a fugitive wanted on unrelated bank robbery charges.

The driver of the semi that was hit tells WSAZ.com he was at the rest stop to take a short break. He had just returned from the restroom and was ready to turn the ignition on when the car slammed into his rig, according to the driver.

No one else was hurt in the accident.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department has taken over the investigation since this incident involved a chase. That's normal procedure when something like this happens.

The truck driver worked for Mayer Pollodk Steel Corporation out of Pennsylvania.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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