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Police Say Suspect Arrested After Chase in Nitro, St. Albans

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Reported: Dec. 2, 2013 3:11 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 2, 2013 3:51 PM EST

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St. Albans , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A St. Albans man was arrested after police said he shoplifted from the Nitro Walmart, fled during a vehicle pursuit and crashed into a telephone pole.

Craig Allen Scott, 24, was arrested about 11:30 a.m. Monday following a chase through Nitro and St. Albans, according to a news release from the Nitro Police Department.

Patrolman E. B. Whitney of the Nitro Police Department responded to the Nitro Walmart for a report of a male shoplifter. While en route to Walmart, Whitney saw a vehicle matching the description, a black Ford Explorer, on Goff Mountain Road. The officer tried to pull the vehicle over, but it fled on First Avenue toward the St. Albans-Nitro Bridge.

During the pursuit, the vehicle passed several vehicles along First Avenue. Police said Whitney caught up with the suspect near Red Oak Drive. The suspect vehicle passed several vehicles in traffic and swerved at Whitney's cruiser, striking the patrol vehicle, police said. The Explorer continued toward the bridge, crossed the bridge and struck at least two vehicles on the St. Albans side of the bridge before hitting a telephone pole in the parking lot of the Sixth Avenue Go-Mart in St. Albans.

Police said Scott exited his vehicle and ran from Nitro and St. Albans officers and was later taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Scott is charged with shoplifting, assault on an officer, fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, three counts of leaving the scene of an accident, no insurance and no operators.



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