"You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't," he said.
Officers are instructed to consider the traffic and weather before giving chase and to call another officer for advice before pursuing a suspect, Smith said.
During Thursday's chase, though, police didn't have time to follow protocol, he said.
"The chase only lasted one or two minutes," Smith said. "And [officers] didn't follow him into the rest area. They stayed on the highway, knowing they were going too fast to make the turn."
The speed limit into the rest area is 25 mph.
Perry's family in Clarksburg wouldn't comment on the incident when reached by phone Thursday evening, although his father, Luther, said police called him at about noon to tell him of his son's death.
"We're just not doing good," Luther Perry said of his family's reaction to the news.
Before abruptly hanging up, Perry said his son was staying temporarily in Huntington, was divorced and had no children.
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