Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 21, 2014

Traffic stop leads to chase

Lashmeet man arraigned

PRINCETON — A Lashmeet man who led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle through parts of Mercer County before exiting the vehicle and attempting to flee on foot was arraigned Tuesday on a laundry list of charges.

Charles Daniel Cole, 29, is charged with one felony count of fleeing in an automobile with reckless indifference, driving revoked, failing to stop, improper use of registration, fleeing on foot, resisting arrest and two counts of failure to obey stop signs, according to Chief Deputy D.B. Bailey of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

Magistrate Sandra Dorsey set a cash bond for Cole at $5,000 with a condition of home confinement. He was remanded to the custody of the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver in lieu of bond.

Cole failed to stop for a stop sign Monday night. When Deputy M.S. Horn, also with the sheriff’s office, attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle fled the area. Bailey said Cole fled from the deputy with the suspect vehicle at times reaching in excess of 80 to 90 mph. Several vehicles were forced off the road by Cole, but the drivers of those vehicles were not injured, according to Bailey.

Bailey said Horn pursued the man and was able to do a “pit maneuver,” or a technique used to force the vehicle into a ditch line, on Route 20. At that point, Cole exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

“Then the suspect ran,” Bailey said. “He fell a couple of times while running. The officer was able to catch him. He tried to resist arrest at that point. He was shot with a burst of pepper spray to get him under control. He was then handcuffed, arrested and transported back to the sheriff’s office for processing.”

Bailey said officials later determined that Cole was driving a stolen vehicle. He also had a stolen cell phone and crack pipe in his possession. Bailey said the vehicle Cole was operating actually had been reported stolen to the sheriff’s office a few days earlier.

Bailey said the investigation continues, and additional charges could be pending.

Horn was assisted in the investigation by Deputy H.L. Walters and Deputy J.D. Gills.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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