High-speed chase scorches Elkins streets

A 19-year-old Buckhannon man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase through downtown Elkins and up the Beverly Five-lane.

Jordan P. Woody, 19, of 71 S. Florida St., was charged with two felony counts of fleeing while driving under the influence and two felony counts of fleeing with aggravated disregard, officials said.

Woody was driving a 2012 Mercedes GLK350 owned by his mother, Teresa Woody, police said.

Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady told The Inter-Mountain he and Deputy B. Sharp heard a West Virginia State Police radio dispatch about a driver reportedly driving recklessly on Route 33 heading into Elkins.

Moments later, Brady and Sharp saw the Mercedes “come flying through” past Wendy’s restaurant on Harrison Avenue and “driving erratically,” Brady said.

Brady “initiated lights and sirens” and began pursuing the car, which made a right turn by Performance Motors and struck a Chevrolet Silverado owned by the auto dealership and driven by one of the employees. The Mercedes then backed up and drove on, the sheriff said.

The Mercedes turned onto Robert E. Lee and then down Wilson Hill “at a high rate of speed,” Brady said.

The Mercedes ran through a four-way stop at the bottom of Wilson Hill “without ever hitting his brakes,” the sheriff said.

The pursuit continued onto Davis Avenue, where the Mercedes “pulled out in front of Trooper D.R. Wolford,” Brady said. The car then turned left onto 11th Street and then “flew through the intersection onto Route 219 and Route 250 South,” Brady said.

As the Mercedes sped up the Beverly Five-lane,”we lost sight of him and we stopped the high-speed pursuit,” Brady said, adding that the Mercedes was traveling “well over 120 mph.”

As the officers made their way up the Five-lane, they noticed people in the Walmart area trying to get their attention, the sheriff said.

“Several citizens motioned to law enforcement that the subject had turned right onto Ward Road,” Brady said.

State Police and deputies turned onto Ward Road and “converged and sealed off roads … and searched side roads,” Brady said.

Deputy A.G. Vanscoy and Senior Trooper S.E. Hevener drove up a dirt road near the state Division of Natural Resources building and saw the Mercedes “coming out of a driveway,” Brady said. The officers blocked the road, ending the pursuit.

Woody, who was uninjured, failed field sobriety tests and was detained, Brady said.

At presstime, Woody was in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail awaiting arraignment. Brady said “more charges could be pending” in the case.

More than 10 officers were involved in the pursuit, Brady said.

“The cooperation with the West Virginia State Police and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, along with the help we received from the public, allowed us to find this person who has reckless disregard for public safety,” Brady said