Police: Man arrested after high-speed chase in stolen vehicle

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is behind bars Thursday after police say he led them on a high-speed chase in a stolen car.

South Charleston Police say they attempted to pull over Ernest Alexander III near MacCorkle Avenue in South Charleston when he sped off.

Investigators say that's when Alexander nearly hit three pedestrians, one of them a child.

Police say Alexander continued driving through Kanawha Terrace, speeding through stop signs and reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.

Investigators say that's where he sped through an active school zone with flashing lights.

Police say the chase continued into St. Albans where Alexander abandoned the stolen vehicle after crashing into a law office sign near MacCorkle Avenue.

St. Albans Police then took Alexander into custody next door at a Little Caesars Pizza

"I'm so thankful no one was hurt," attorney Dan Holstein said. "We have a lot of pedestrians and bicyclists in the area. Kudos to St. Albans PD, South Charleston PD and the Sheriff's Department for a job well done."

Both South Charleston Police and St. Albans Police have charged Alexander.

He faces multiple charges including fleeing with reckless indifference, attempted murder of police, possession of a stolen vehicle, as well as forgery and uttering

Police say Alexander attempted to cash a check that was stolen from a home in Kanawha County in April.