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Carjacking, multi-county pursuit ends with fiery crash in Putnam County

State Police said Justin Wilson, 18, of Sissonville was taken into custody after the truck crashed into a telephone pole on Hurricane Creek Road and caught on fire.

(West Virginia Regional Jail)

A multi-county pursuit during which West Virginia State Police said a man took a Putnam County Public Service District truck at gunpoint ended in a fiery crash Thursday afternoon outside Hurricane.

State Police said Justin Wilson, 18, of Sissonville was taken into custody after the truck crashed into a telephone pole on Hurricane Creek Road and caught on fire. Wilson was taken to the hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. He will face charges when he is released.

The incident started about noon Thursday when a sport utility vehicle was stolen at Swann’s Tire Pros and Auto Service in Ripley.

State Police said the vehicle was spotted in Charleston and led police on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 64 West, with Wilson pointing a rifle out the window at officers.

At some point, Wilson ditched the sport utility vehicle, a Ford Expedition, and then took the truck at Liberty Square in Teays Valley from a PSD employee at gunpoint, troopers said.

Multiple agencies were involved in the pursuit, including State Police, Nitro police and Putnam County sheriff’s deputies.


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