Police search for federal fugitive after pursuit by authorities in Putnam, Cabell

Police are searching for Eric Bolton, a federal fugitive who escaped capture after a pursuit Tuesday morning in Putnam and Cabell counties. (U.S. Marshals Service)

Police are searching for a federal fugitive near Hannan High School in Mason County after the man eluded authorities in a two-county vehicle pursuit.

Hannan High School was temporarily placed on a lockdown.

U.S. marshals said the suspect is Eric Benjamin Bolton, 40. He is wanted for violation of his federal supervised release conditions stemming from a 1995 federal narcotic charge.

Police were trying to stop a black BMW Tuesday morning in Winfield after they got a license plate hit on the vehicle, Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said. Deputies said they had Bolton pulled over at the Tudor's in Winfield before he took off and led police on a high speed chase with speeds reaching more than 130 mph.

The pursuit ended up on Interstate 64 and went into Cabell County. Bolton was able to elude authorities.

U.S. marshals said the BMW Bolton was driving wrecked on John's Creek near Hannan High School. Police are searching the area.

Bolton is described as a black male who is 6'1" and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-873-0444 or 1-816-267-3230.

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