UPDATE: Two Arrested Following High Speed Chase

UPDATE 3/31/14 @ 2:12 p.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Putnam County Sheriff's Office has released new details about a chase that started in Hurricane and ended in St. Albans early Monday morning.

Deputies say just before 3 a.m., a deputy tried to pull over a vehicle Joseph Fowler III, 38, of Hurricane, for suspicious activity, improperly displayed tags and speeding.

They say Fowler took off, going more than 110 miles per hour at one point.

Hurricane Police, Nitro Police and St. Albans Police assisted in the chase that finally ended in the area of Holley Street in St. Albans.

That's where deputies say Fowler jumped from the moving vehicle and ran off. He was caught and taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released, then taken into custody.

When Fowler jumped from the moving vehicle, the car continued for 75 feet before deputies say it hit a utility pole.

Carrie Cunningham, of Elkview, was a passenger in the car.

Deputies say Fowler had a pill bottle on him, containing several individual baggies and a bag containing 2.6 grams of meth.

They say the vehicle was stolen.

Digital scales were found inside.

Fowler is charged with reckless fleeing, fleeing on foot, reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance pursuant to pursuit.

Cunningham is charged with possession of meth pursuant to a pursuit.



UPDATE 3/31/14 @ 7:22 a.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Two people have been arrested in connection with a high speed chase that reached more than 100 miles per hour early Monday morning.

Putnam County Chief Deputy Eric Hayzlett tells WSAZ that Joseph Fowler III is charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of a stolen vehicle and numerous traffic charges.

His passenger, Carrie Cunningham has been charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Dispatchers say the chase started at Java Joes in Hurricane at 2:53 Monday morning when Putnam County Deputies were doing a traffic stop. It ended at 3:30 a.m. on Holly Street in St. Albans.

The two are being taken to Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/31/14 @ 6:58 a.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Putnam County dispatchers say a man has been arrested and will face charges after leading police on a high speed chase that reached 110 miles per hour.

Dispatchers say It started at Java Joes in Hurricane at 2:53 Monday morning when Putnam County Deputies were doing a traffic stop. It ended at 3:30 a.m. on Holly Street in St. Albans via Route 60.

The man is under arrest and has been taken to Thomas Memorial to be checked out for injuries.

There was one other person in the car during the chase.

Deputies from Putnam County Sheriffs Department, Officers from the Hurricane police department, Nitro police department, St. Ablans police department and Kanawha County Sheriff's Department responded to the call.


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