HURRICANE, W.Va. -- A man was killed in a collision Thursday morning during a short high-speed chase on Interstate 64 after he allegedly tried to shoplift from the Walmart store in Hurricane.
Jan Dennis "J.D." Perry, 44, of Clarksburg, was pronounced dead at the scene, Hurricane police Detective Larry Angell said.
Police saw Perry flee after the attempted theft and gave chase, said Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards, who went to the scene of the collision.
Perry, driving a Chevrolet Malibu, got on the interstate and headed east, according to Edwards.
The ensuing chase lasted only a few minutes as Perry reached speeds of 100 mph, Edwards said. Perry apparently tried to take the exit into a rest area on I-64, but his car skidded sideways and slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer, Edwards said.
The incident occurred at about 11:30 a.m., he said, and it took firefighters more than an hour to extract Perry's body from the wreckage.
Numerous police booking photos of Perry have been taken over the years. According to news reports, he has a lengthy criminal history that includes armed robbery.
Putnam Sheriff Mark Smith, whose agency is investigating the incident, said Perry was attempting to steal a television from Walmart, but abandoned the merchandise and ran after police pulled into the store parking lot.
Walmart employees called Hurricane police, according to a Putnam County 911 dispatcher.
Smith said police are faced with a catch-22 over whether to chase a fleeing suspect.