UPDATE: Man accused of stealing box truck, leading officers on chase charged with attempted murder

Mercer County

UPDATED STORY 12/11/2017 @ 9:30 am

PRINCETON, W. Va. (WVNS) — A man accused of stealing a box truck and leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase is now facing several criminal charges including attempted murder. 

Deputies said Jesse Nathan Bell, 24, was arrested after he allegedly stole a truck from the Wal-Mart in Princeton while the driver was unloading the truck Friday afternoon.  

West Virginia Turnpike Police then spotted Bell driving the truck along I-77 North and chased after him. 

According to court documents, Bell sped through toll booths during the pursuit, endangering the lives of the toll workers and drivers in the area at the time. 

Officers said Bell avoided three spike strips. Documents state while a trooper was trying to deploy spike strips, Bell almost hit the trooper with the truck. 

He eventually crashed near the Mahan exit on I-77 and was arrested.

Bell is charged with attempted murder, fleeing from an officer, receiving or transferring stolen goods, fleeing and grand larceny. He’s in jail on a $100,000 bond. 

ORIGINAL STORY 12/9/2017 

PRINCETON, W. Va (WVNS) — A Weston man is in jail after deputies said he stole a semi-truck and led law enforcement on a pursuit. 

Deputies said Jesse Nathan Bell, 24, was arrested after he allegedly stole a semi from the Wal-Mart in Princeton while the driver was unloading the truck Friday afternoon.  

West Virginia Turnpike Police then spotted Bell driving the semi along I-77 North and chased after him. 

Officers said Bell avoided three spike strips. He eventually crashed near the Mahan exit on I-77 and was arrested.

No injuries were reported but a police cruiser was totaled during the pursuit.

Bell is facing several charges from several jurisdictions. He’s being held in the Southern Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.  

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