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Scott Depot man arrested after high-speed chase

By Staff reports

NITRO, W.Va. -- A Scott Depot man was arrested and a Putnam County sheriff's deputy was hospitalized after a chase reached speeds of around 100 miles per hour on Interstate 64 early Wednesday morning.

Police received a complaint that Corey T. Dalton, 23, had pushed a man to the ground on Crooked Creek Road, according to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court.

The man, who was holding his 3-year-old daughter, was apparently trying to gesture to Dalton to slow down, according to the complaint. Dalton allegedly got out of his car, yelled at the man and grabbed him by the throat.

Police tried to stop Dalton at the intersection of Pickens Road and McJunkin Road in Nitro. As they approached Dalton's vehicle, he sped off and headed east on Interstate 64, according to the complaint.

Deputies pursued the vehicle, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, the complaint states.

Dalton took the Cross Lanes exit but crashed his vehicle into a tree. He then got out of his vehicle and starting running, according to the complaint.

Eventually, after about 200 yards, police caught Dalton. According to the complaint, Dalton smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. He allegedly told police that he had been drinking, but refused to take a blood-alcohol test.

During the chase, a Putnam sheriff's deputy sprained his ankle and had to be taken to the hospital.

Dalton is charged with driving under the influence, fleeing from an officer while driving under the influence, fleeing from an officer no vehicle, reckless driving, crashes involving damage to a vehicle and driving while a license is suspended or revoked. According to the complaint, his driver's license had been suspended for non-payment of child support.


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