Suspects involved in police chase face more than a dozen charges

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Police say two suspects involved in a chase that ended in a crash in Johnson County could face more than a dozen charges.

The sheriff released new information about the case.

Sheriff Dwayne Price says a deputy was trying to pull the car over on suspicion of DUI. He said, "Once he activated his emergency equipment, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed."

Deputies and Paintsville Police officers chased the car through Johnson, Martin, and Floyd Counties.

They say at one point, the car was on the wrong side of the road on Route 3. "The deputy was afraid someone was going to get hit," said Price.

The car crashed on Route 302. Deputies say the driver, whose name is still not released, tried to run away but was caught down the hill.

Both the driver and another man in the car were flown to a West Virginia hospital. "Based on items we found in the vehicle, we suspect alcohol played a role in this," said Price.

The two suspects are not charged yet, but Sheriff Price says they each could face 15 charges. He says, "We would like to complete our investigation as far as accident reconstruction and all interviews we need to conduct. We just want to get our ducks in a row and present it to the grand jury."

Officials say the two suspects do not have life-threatening injuries.

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