High-speed chase leads to arrest


ELKINS — A Virginia man is behind bars after allegedly leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Randolph County.

Joshua Mark Schoolcraft, 27, of Port Republic, Virginia, is charged with one felony count of fleeing with reckless indifference. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $75,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 31, West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper A.H. Clark was running “stationary radar” along U.S 33/48 when he observed a gray sedan traveling East at 88 mph.

After roughly one mile of trying to catch up to the vehicle, Clark notified the West Virginia State Police Elkins Detachment of the vehicle’s intent to flee, police said. Clark observed the driver of the vehicle travel onto the median to pass vehicles that were stopped at the intersection of U.S. 33/48 and U.S. 250.

Clark continued to pursue the vehicle past the Crystal Springs exit, traveling at speeds reaching 120 mph and was “unable to gain any distance” on the vehicle, the complaint states. A member of the Elkins Police Department was stationed at the downtown Elkins exit of U.S. 33/48 and additional law enforcement units were at the bottom of the exit ramp.

West Virginia State Police Cpl. S.P. Miller and Trooper Z.B. Kisamore took Schoolcraft into custody. Schoolcraft told police he “fled because he was scared,” according to the complaint.

If convicted, Schoolcraft could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years in prison, fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,000, or both.