What started as a traffic stop Thursday, for Upshur County
authorities, lead to a pursuit through three counties before the Lewis County driver was arrested, according to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.
James Lipps II, 42, of Jane Lew, was arrested and charged with fleeing with reckless indifference, a felony, on Thursday, April 20, after law enforcement pursued him from Upshur County to Harrison County on Interstate 79.
Passengers in the vehicle were Rachel Johnson, 36, of Jane Lew, and Dennet Ramsey of Bridgeport, who was arrested on an outstanding felony capias out of Harrison County, according to the press release.
Initially, Upshur County deputies attempted to stop the suspect on Liggett Addition Road in Upshur County for failure to yield to the officer’s emergency blue lights and sirens.
When the suspect didn’t stop, law enforcement found themselves in pursuit of the vehicle as it crossed into Lewis County on Route 33, then into Harrison County on I-79, where it was disabled by stop sticks at the Jerry Dove Drive exit (exit 124).
Lipps was arraigned by Magistrate Keith Marple in Harrison County.
Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Bridgeport Police Department and the West Virginia State Police assisted Upshur County. The investigation is ongoing.