(09/26/2017)
Two people were hospitalized after a police chase that began in Parkersburg and ended with a crash in Ritchie County late Saturday night.

Parkersburg Police made an attempt to stop a car driving without headlights on.

The driver, Jole Seth Echard, 19, of Parkersburg, refused to stop after the officer activated his emergency lights and sirens, and started a chase on US 50 into Ritchie County with speeds of 100 miles per hour.

Eckard lost control of his vehicle and crashed in the median on Route 50, near Burning Springs Road, and then tried to run from officers but was arrested.

The female passenger in the vehicle, who has not been identified, was airlifted to Charleston Area Medical Center for medical treatment for what appeared to be serious traumatic injuries.

Echard was also hurt and was taken by ambulance to Camden Clark Medical Center, where he was treated and released, then was arrested by police. He is charged with one felony count of Fleeing with Reckless Indifference.


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