UPDATE: Deputies release identity of suspect in cross-county police chase

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SUMMERSVILLE, WV (WVNS) — 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020: A release from Nicholas County Sheriff William Nunley announced new details about a police chase on Wednesday evening. It began at 5:13 p.m. in Summersville, WV.

Deputies pulled over Lance Strnad, 24, of Lakewood, Ohio on Route 19 for a “defective equipment violation.” While speaking with the man, Cpl. J.D. Ellison said Strnad failed to follow instructions, then drove away. This led to a chase which ended in the Mount Hope area.

Strnad is expected to be charged with felony fleeing in Nicholas County. At this time there is no word on other charges which could be filed in the case.

Several law enforcement agencies were involved. Those include Summersville Police Department, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, Fayetteville Police Department, Oak Hill Police Department, Mount Hope Police Department and West Virginia State Police.

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — A police chase ended in a car crash on U.S. 19 in Fayette County on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

According to Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley, the chase started in Nicholas County. Deputies with the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, along with officers from the Fayetteville and Oak Hill Police Departments were involved in the pursuit.

Fridley said the chase ended with a car cash on U.S. 19 in Fayette County. He also told 59News the driver was wanted out of Ohio.

The driver was taken to a local hospital, the extent of his injuries are unknown. One southbound lane on U.S. 19 is shut down.

Picture taken from the scene of the car crash on U.S. 19 in Fayette County

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