Two-county pursuit sends several to hospital, including 2-year-old child; two cruisers damaged

Several injured in two-county pursuit
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 10:11 PM EDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A two-county pursuit Thursday night sent several people to the hospital, including a 2-year-old baby, and led to two law enforcement cruisers being damaged.

Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellinger released that information just before 10 p.m., saying the pursuit started in Ravenswood and went down Interstate 77 South.

Eventually arrested was a man, George Doniovant Langford-Cherry, from Akron, Ohio. He’s 27. That’s according to the Ravenswood Police Chief.

The incident started with Ravenswood Police pursuing the suspect. Police say they received a call of it being a suspicious vehicle with possible drug activity. They were later joined by the Ripley Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The pursuit went nearly 40 miles to the Tuppers Creek exit, and one of the Ravenswood Police cruisers wrecked in the Kenna area. The police officer involved was not hurt.

Mellinger said the suspect got off that exit and onto state Route 21 South toward Charleston, then collided in Kanawha County with a Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy’s cruiser. That deputy escaped serious injury.

The sheriff said there were several people in the suspect car. All went to the hospital, including the 2-year-old child. Police say they believe Cherry didn’t sustain any major injuries. They also have reason to believe the 2-year-old is ok.

Also involved in the pursuit were West Virginia State Police and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.

Other details are unavailable, including what led to the pursuit and what charges the suspect faces, but we’re working to get more information. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

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