Police seek man in chase

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 10, 2008

SOUTH POINT — The driver of a stolen vehicle is still at large this morning following a two-state pursuit that ended in a crash in Lawrence County.

At 4:39 a.m. Monday a Huntington, W.Va. police officer observed a 2002 Nissan Maxima at the intersection of 20th Street and Fifth Avenue in Huntington, according to Capt. Beth Brumfield, Huntington police patrol bureau commander.

The car had been reported stolen several days earlier from the Speedway at Eighth Street and Ninth Avenue in Huntington.

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The officer attempted to approach the driver of the car, who then took off through the city streets. The officer pursued the car until it crossed the 17th Street Bridge.

Dispatchers then contacted the Ironton post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, who took over the pursuit.

After the driver fled across the bridge, he crashed the car at 4:44 a.m. near the intersection of County Road 15 (Buffalo Creek Road) and State Route 7, according to Lt. Michael Gore of the Ohio Patrol.

The driver hit a traffic sign and completely clipped off a utility pole from the ground, Gore said. He then fled on feet.

Deanna Lawhorn, 39, of Chesapeake, was a passenger in the car. She was transported from the scene to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Her condition was not available at press time.

An investigation continues. The name of the driver is not being released at this time as warrants are being sought, according to Gore.