A Fayette County man is in jail following a pursuit and multiple motor vehicle collisions early yesterday evening. Sheriff Mike Fridley released the following information concerning this incident:
At approximately 6:30 pm on Monday, August 14, 2017 notification was received through the Fayette County 911 Center of a 4-vehicle motor vehicle accident on WV Route 16 near the intersection of U.S. Route 19 at Hilltop. While Deputies were responding to this initial crash scene, information was received that one of the vehicles involved in this collision had fled the scene, traveling South towards Glen Jean on WV Route 16.
An officer with the Mount Hope Police Department located this vehicle at the Exxon station in Glen Jean. When Deputy A.B. Hudson arrived at the Glen Jean Exxon to investigate the role of this vehicle in the collision at Hilltop, one of the occupants of this vehicle took control of the vehicle and fled from the Glen Jean Exxon, traveling North on U.S. Route 19 towards Oak Hill. Deputy Hudson knew that the driver of this vehicle had a revoked driver’s license.
Deputy Hudson then activated his emergency lights and siren and initiated a pursuit of this vehicle.
Officers from the West Virginia State Police and the Oak Hill Police Department responded and assisted with this pursuit. This pursuit ended at the Appalachian Drive intersection of U.S. Route 19 in Fayetteville when the driver of the fleeing vehicle lost control and collided with another vehicle.
The Oak Hill and Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Departments responded to this crash scene, where they used extrication equipment to rescue the entrapped driver from the vehicle struck by the fleeing suspect. This individual was transported to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill where he was reported to be in “stable” condition.
One of the passengers in the suspect vehicle was also transported to Plateau Medical Center for treatment of what have been described as “minor injuries.” A second individual in this vehicle was uninsured.
The driver of the suspect vehicle was identified as Bryan Allen, age 28, of Mount Hope. He was treated for minor injuries at Plateau Medical Center and was then released.
Allen is charged with multiple offenses including DUI Causing Bodily Injury, Fleeing While DUI, Fleeing Causing Bodily Injury, Fleeing Causing Property Damage, Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Failure to Maintain Control. Following his release from the hospital he was transported to the Southern Regional Jail pending his arraignment in the Fayette County Magistrate Court later this morning.
“There is no excuse for this type of reckless and dangerous behavior,” said Sheriff Fridley. “Allen clearly knew that he had been drinking and that his driver’s license was revoked at the time he was involved in the initial motor vehicle collision at Hilltop. He certainly knew that he was in trouble and would be arrested, but instead of facing these initial potential charges he chose to flee from the scene, causing another serious collision and needlessly endangering the lives of innocent motorists on U.S. Route 19 and the lives of the police officers attempting to stop him.”
This incident remains under investigation by Deputy A.B. Hudson and the CRASH Unit of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
Oak Hill– According to Fayette County Dispatchers there was a police chase that took place Monday evening just after 7pm in Oak Hill.
Dispatchers say the car chase began on Legends HWY in the Hill Top area. WOAY has determined, based on multiple eye witnesses, that the chase began after a silver F-150 truck crashed into a car at the Route 19 exit.
The car then fled towards Glen Jean and then headed towards Fayetteville via Route 19.
Witnesses say the truck went through the Kroger parking lot in Oak Hill and may have hit by-standers. He then crossed Route 19 onto Appalachian Drive where the chase ended.
This is preliminary reporting and we are awaiting an official press release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.
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