Carjacking suspect arrested after chase in Kanawha now charged with attempted murder

A carjacking suspect from Ohio arrested after a pursuit in Kanawha County now faces new charges, including the attempted murder of a Charleston police officer.

Todd Boyes, 43, of Caldwell, Ohio, was charged Tuesday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court with attempted murder and fleeing with reckless indifference, according to a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court.

Boyes’ bond was set at $1 million.

On Saturday, Metro 911 advised Kanawha County law enforcement to be on the lookout for Boyes after the Ohio Highway Patrol issued a warrant for his arrest in the investigation of an armed carjacking, the complaint said. They believed he had an AR-15 and a handgun in his possession.

A Charleston police officer saw the suspect’s vehicle traveling south on Interstate 77 near the 35th Street Bridge and began following the vehicle. The suspect's vehicle turned into a business parking lot in the 6300 block of MacCorkle Avenue and then took off after the officer activated his lights. Charleston police then began to pursue the vehicle on MacCorkle Avenue and then on Interstate 77 north with speeds approaching 99 mph.

Multiple police agencies jointed the pursuit that continued on Quick Road to the Sanderson area of Kanawha County. The suspect turned onto an unimproved road that led to a creek. The complaint said two police officers were positioned on the road looking for the suspect when a male officer was outside of his cruiser and saw the suspect’s truck coming at him at a high rate of speed.

Charleston Cpl. Renee Smith was in her cruiser and attempted to move out of the path of the suspect. The male officer fired his handgun to stop the suspect from striking him or Smith. Smith’s cruiser was rammed by the suspect’s, the complaint said, and it continued to push the officer’s vehicle for several yards down the road until the cruiser was pushed off to the left side of the roadway. Smith was injured in the incident.

The complaint said Boyes’ vehicle continued to flee down the road until coming in contact with other officers. Additional shots were fired by police to try to stop the suspect, who traveled a short distance by the officers and crashed. He was then taken into custody.

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