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Stephanie Rasnak back in custody after high speed chase in Summers County

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Stephanie Rasnak is back in custody after a brief taste of freedom on Monday.  She has her parole revoked in a Summers County courtroom but made a break for freedom that resulted in a high speed chase through Summers County. Stephanie Rasnak is back in custody after a brief taste of freedom on Monday. She has her parole revoked in a Summers County courtroom but made a break for freedom that resulted in a high speed chase through Summers County.

Troopers from the Hinton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police and Summers County Sheriff's Deputies were involved in a chase through the Forest Hill area on Monday morning.

The chase began sometime around 11:30 a.m. at the Summers County courthouse in Hinton.  Stephanie Rasnak was in court for a probation revocation hearing. She was leaving the courthouse in Hinton in custody when a car pulled up apparently driven by Rasnak's boyfriend, David Smith.  That's when Summers County Sheriff Garry Wheeler said she ran off and jumped in the car.

The chase went though Hinton and eventually up Route 12 and onto a dirt road.  The sheriff said that the car broke down and the two ran off.  Both are now in custody.  Rasnak was being held by the Sheriff's Department, while the boyfriend, David Smith, is in State Police custody.

The chase involved State Police, Summers County Sheriff's Deputies and officers with the Hinton Police Department.