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Chase ends with wrecked cruiser, suspect in custody

By Staff reports

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A Putnam County man was in jail Friday after allegedly leading police on a two-county chase that ended with one cruiser wrecked.

Cpl. Brian Humphreys, of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, said Deputy J.L. Miller spotted Jared Keith Garnes, 26, of Liberty, driving a Chevrolet Camaro with no taillights and only one headlight on Sissonville Drive just after midnight on Friday. When Miller tried to pull him over, Garnes allegedly refused to stop.

Deputies chased Garnes into Putnam County, where he was eventually stopped when spike strips destroyed three of his tires, Humphreys said.

During the pursuit, a Putnam County Sheriff's Department cruiser was wrecked, but the driver was not badly injured, Humphreys said.

Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said the deputy had laid spike strips on another road and was driving to rejoin the chase when he apparently lost control in a turn and crashed through a guardrail, coming to rest upside-down in a culvert.

Deweese said the deputy was treated and released from CAMC General Hospital. The cruiser was a total loss.

Garnes was charged with a felony count of fleeing while driving under the influence and was arraigned in Putnam County Magistrate Court. He was in the Western Regional Jail on Friday, with bail set at $50,000.


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