By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - A driver and his passenger were placed under arrest after fleeing from law enforcement in a chase that began and ended in West Virginia, but also included several miles of Kentucky highways.
According to criminal complaints filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court by Mingo County sheriff’s Deputy M.J. Mounts, Jeremiah Jackson, 34, of Williamson, and a passenger in his vehicle, Debra Johnson, 42, of Belfry, Ky., had no visible registration on their car while traveling in Williamson.
Mounts said he engaged lights and sirens to alert the driver to pull over when the chase began. The deputy states in the report that the defendant refused to comply with the request to pull to the side of the road, and instead led the deputy on a chase that included both vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed..
Jackson then crossed a bridge and attempted to flee into Kentucky, but the deputy stayed behind the defendant’s vehicle as the chase continued north on Kentucky Route 292 for about seven miles before Jackson crossed the bridge at Nolan, traveling back into West Virginia, Mounts’ report states. Within minutes of crossing the former Nolan Toll Bridge, the defendant gave up trying to outrun the deputy and pulled to the side of the road, Mounts said in his report.
When a records check was performed on Jackson through the state Department of Motor Vehicles, Jackson was informed his driver’s license had been suspended since 2009 and the car was not properly registered, nor could the defendant show proof of insurance, according to the arrest report.
Jackson was placed under arrest and charged with obstructing an officer, driving on a suspended license, no registration, no proof of insurance and fleeing.
Johnson was directed at the scene to leave the vehicle after Jackson was handcuffed and placed in the back of the deputy’s cruiser, but refused to do so, Mounts said. She had to be forcibly removed from the car, then arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.
Both defendants were arraigned before Mingo County Senior Status Magistrate Kim Blair and released after posting bonds, according to court records.