CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A police pursuit from Charleston to Dunbar Thursday afternoon landed one police officer in the hospital and led to felony kidnapping charges against a Putnam County man.
Cortney S. Shelton, 21, of Buffalo, and his girlfriend, Samantha E. Wine, left Putnam County early Thursday afternoon heading toward Cross Lanes, according to the criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Shelton was driving Wine's Jeep when the couple started arguing.
Shelton allegedly started to drive erratically and telling Wine that he was going to kill himself. Shelton allegedly continued with this behavior through Putnam County into the Sissonville area of Kanawha County, according to the complaint.
Wine repeatedly tried to get Shelton to stop the vehicle and let her out by telling him to stop and actually turning the ignition off in the car several times. At one point, she began kicking Shelton to get to the keys, according to the complaint.
During the argument, Wine secretly called 911 so dispatchers could hear them arguing, the complaint states. Wine also began texting her soon-to-be ex-husband, letting him know that she needed help.
Shelton allegedly grabbed Wine's phone and threw it into the rear of the vehicle to make her pay attention to him, according to the complaint.
Wine told police she tried to open the passenger door and get out, but Shelton stepped on the gas and sped up to keep her in the car, according to the complaint.
At one point, Shelton allegedly pulled out a knife and began cutting his wrist, telling Wine that he wanted to wreck and die and he "didn't give a [expletive] who was in the vehicle."
At this point, Charleston officer R.H. Coleman noticed the maroon Jeep speeding west on Seventh Avenue in North Charleston, Charleston Police Sgt. Shawn Williams said.
Coleman attempted to pull Shelton over, but he sped away into oncoming traffic, Williams said.
Coleman gave chase and noticed Wine hanging out of the passenger-side window, waving her hands at the officer, Williams said.