High speed pursuit ends in crash


HARRISON/LEWIS COUNTY — On Thursday, July 21, a high-speed pursuit beginning on Route 50 in Clarksburg ended in a crash near the Stonewall exit in Lewis County. Authorities were alerted of a stolen blue Honda Civic from the White Oaks area in Bridgeport.

After law enforcement had spotted the vehicle around 2:45 p.m. on Route 50 in Clarksburg, officers attempted a traffic stop. The suspect, 29-year-old Lowell Edward Young, of Chapmanville, W. Va. then began to lead the officers on approximately a 15-minute police chase from the Eastpoint area in Clarksburg to exit 91 in Lewis County.

Air support was dispatched to maintain surveillance while law enforcement chased the subject. After almost hitting several vehicles on I-79 exceeding speeds of over 100 miles per hour, police attempted to stop the vehicle with spike strips in Lewis County. Young was able to maneuver around and avoid the spikes before crashing into another vehicle at exit 91. Young then fled the scene on foot however, Bridgeport officers and WV State Troopers were able to take him into custody without further incident.

Chief Mark Rogers of the Bridgeport Police Department stated that having the State Police helicopter in the area already on duty was a great asset to help make the situation safer. This prevented police from having to tail the suspect and push him up the road causing more danger and risk to other drivers. “This pursuit showed the vital importance of the inner-cooperation with surrounding agencies,” stated Chief Rogers. “When multiple agencies come together to help each other, we can accomplish great things in a timely manner, reducing the risk to others.”

WV State Police, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Clarksburg Police Department assisted with the investigation and resolution of this case.

Young is being charged with two felonies, grand larceny and fleeing with reckless indifference.

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