After leading authorities on a high speed chase through a part of Logan County, a Lyburn resident was arrested on a laundry list of charges.
Patrolman J.M. Miller, with the City of Logan Police Department, reports he responded, along with Deputy J.L. Mathis, of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD), to the Thornhill Factory Outlet at Fountain Place Mall in Logan in reference to complaint of theft.
The criminal complaint filed by Miller states he was informed by Logan County 911 that the alleged thief had stolen four rims and tires and placed them in red car before heading toward Logan.
While en route to the Fountain Place Mall, Miller reports he passed a car matching the description carrying what appeared to be tires in the front and back seats. Upon attempting to initiate a traffic stop, Miller reports the suspect driver continued to travel south bound on Route 10 through Stollings. Once the chase passed the Greenmont rail crossing at Three Mile Curve, however, Miller reports the suspect vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Miller further reports the suspect vehicle then turned into Rum Creek before turning onto Bandmill Hollow where the chase continued for another half mile where the suspect vehicle was stopped by a gate at which time Miller reports the driver of the suspect vehicle began to flee on foot.
After a short search in the woods, Miller reports he and members of the LCSD and West Virginia State Police were able to locate the suspect, James Caldwell, 42, of Lyburn.
Caldwell is charged with felony counts of grand larceny and fleeing in a vehicle and misdemeanor counts of fleeing on foot and obstructing justice. If Caldwell is found guilty on charges, he could be forced to spend between five and 20 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $6,500 in fines. Bond was set to $17,500.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]