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Shoplifting ends with police chase

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A shoplifting report at the Nitro Walmart turned into something more serious Monday after the suspect allegedly tried to run from police, hitting several cars and wrecking his vehicle in the process.

Sgt. J.J. Garbin of the Nitro Police Department said Nitro police was heading to the Walmart store at about 11:30 a.m. when he spotted a black Ford Explorer matching the suspect's vehicle description on Goff Mountain Road. Garbin tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver, Craig Allen Scott, 24, of St. Albans, allegedly fled onto First Avenue toward the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge.

Nitro Patrolman E.B. Whitney caught up with Scott near Red Oak Drive, but the Explorer allegedly passed several vehicles in traffic and swerved into Whitney's patrol car, Garbin said. He said the Explorer crossed the bridge, allegedly hitting at least two other cars before slamming into a telephone pole in the parking lot of the Sixth Avenue Go-Mart in St. Albans.

Scott allegedly jumped out of the Explorer and tried to run from police, but was caught by St. Albans and Nitro police.

Scott was arrested and charged with shoplifting, assault on an officer, fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, three counts of leaving the scene of an accident, having no insurance and having no driver's license.

Scott is currently being held in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bail.


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