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Woman faces drug, fleeing charge after Nitro police pursuit

Nitro police say Megan R. Lycans, 22, of Charleston was charged with fleeing DUI, driving revoked and possession of heroin after a police chase Sunday night. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

Nitro police said a woman faces multiple charges after a pursuit that ended in a crash and she was found with a small bag of suspected heroin in her mouth.

Megan R. Lycans, 22, of Charleston was charged with fleeing DUI, driving revoked and possession of heroin after a police chase Sunday night, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Police said they were notified by Metro to be on the lookout for a van that was stolen from Charleston. A Nitro officer said he saw the vehicle traveling across the St. Albans-Nitro Bridge and attempted to stop it as it traveled east on Route 60. Police said the vehicle accelerated and fled.

An officer was able to catch up to the pursuit just as a passenger exited at the intersection of Route 60 and Jefferson Road. Police had put down stop sticks that disabled three of the vehicle’s tires. One officer detained the passenger while another continued the pursuit.

The driver of the fleeing vehicle continued to the Florida Street and Washington Avenue area, was unable to maintain control and crashed. Police said they gave commands several times to the driver to exit the vehicle, but she refused. An officer used a baton to break the driver side window and the removed the driver from the car.

Police said they identified Lycans as the driver and discovered that her license was revoked. The complaint said her speech was slurred and she was unable to stand on her own. When she was transported to the Nitro Police Department for processing, police said, an officer noticed she had a bag in her mouth that contained a small amount of suspected heroin.

Lycans is currently being held in South Central Regional Jail on $15,000 bond or 10 percent cash.

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