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Three People Arrested After Kanawha County Police Pursuit

Reported by: Send eMail Katy Brown
Videographer: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Wes Armstead
Reported: Nov. 8, 2013 2:00 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 8, 2013 10:43 PM EST


Vehicle Pursuit
Eyewitness News Photo/ Katy Brown

South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Two felons are back behind bars after leading police on a multi-city chase.

One of the felons, Lucas Lynch, doesn't seem to have much remorse after jumping out of a car being chased by police.

"He was run over by at least one of the wheels of the vehicle he was actually in," said Cpt. James Agee from St. Albans Police Department.

When asked how his foot was, he said it was "okay" and he didn't regret what he did.

Lynch is one of three people arrested after leading officers on that chase from St. Albans to South Charleston.

"People flee the police for many reason. Sometimes it's for something rather minor, suspended license, suspended registration, things like that. Other times it can turn into something a little more serious like in this case, " said Agee.

St. Albans Ptlm. Phillip Bass tried to stop the driver, Keary Drake, for a suspended registration..

But when he didn't stop, the chase began.

St. Albans police had help from Kanawha County deputies, South Charleston police and West Virginia State police.

Once they all got to Childress Rd in South Charleston, it was all over.

"He just started putting his hands out the window," said Bass. "He gave up when he saw all the police cars."

Police arrested Drake and the female passenger, Sarah Burgess, and when police looked inside the vehicle, they found two guns. One of them was stolen.

All the elements of a scary situation for police.

"You don't know what they bad guys are going to do and then, like in this case, even though they had firearms in the car thankfully they didn't use them," said Bass. "You never know how that is going to turn out when their adrenaline is pumping."

Police say they also found marijuana, pills, and needles in the car.

The driver of the car, Keary Drake, says there was no reason that made him run from police and he regrets his decision.

Because Drake and Lynch are convicted felons, they were charged for stolen property and for being felons with possession of firearms.

As for Burgess, police say the drugs in the car belonged to her and she was charged with possession and obstruction.

Three people were arrested after a Kanawha County police pursuit during which one of the suspects jumped from the fleeing car and was run over by the vehicle, police said.

Keary Drake, Sarah Burgess and Lucas Lynch were arrested following an incident that began about 1:50 p.m. Friday in St. Albans, police said. An officer pulled their vehicle over for suspended registration, and the vehicle took off with Drake behind the wheel, police said.

Kanawha County deputies, South Charleston police and West Virginia State Police joined in on the pursuit. Lynch jumped from the car at some point during the chase and was run over by the vehicle he was in, police said. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said they stopped Drake and Lynch, who are convicted felons, on Childress Road.

Officers said they found two guns in the car, a shotgun and an assault rifle, and marijuana, pills and needles.

Law enforcement officers were involved in a pursuit on Friday in which a passenger either jumped or fell out of a vehicle during the chase, Metro 911.

An emergency dispatcher said the chase first began in St. Albans. A Kanawha County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said a vehicle was pulled over about 1:50 p.m. for improper registration and then the vehicle took off. The pursuit apparently extended into South Charleston. A person was taken into custody on Childress Road, where the vehicle was apparently stopped.

Police from the St. Albans and South Charleston police departments and deputies from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene. Stay tuned for updates.

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