Kenova man jailed in high-speed police chase

February 19, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A Wayne County man is facing more than a dozen charges after he allegedly led police on a high-speed car chase through Huntington on Sunday before crashing into another vehicle.

Shawn Eric Stevens, 40, was jailed at 10:10 p.m. Sunday. Authorities in Cabell County charged him with speeding, reckless driving, driving on a suspended or revoked license for DUI, stop sign violation, improper turning, no insurance, possession of a controlled substance, one way violation, DUI with drugs, destruction of property, fleeing with property damage, obstructing, failure to maintain control of a vehicle and fleeing.

Cabell County Magistrate Michael McCarthy set his bond at $120,000 cash-only.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court by the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Brady Hinchman saw a maroon Chevy Malibu traveling down 3rd Avenue before the vehicle made an abrupt turn down an alley at the interception of 33rd Street and Floodwall Street in what the officer believed was an attempt to hide.

The car traveled down the alley and re-emerged on 3rd Avenue, speeding as the officer followed.

The officer activated his emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the car, but the defendant did not pull over, the complaint said.

The vehicle allegedly traveled 73 mph in a 35 mph zone. During the chase, the defendant allegedly ran six stop signs, drove the wrong way down a one-way street and made an improper turn.

The officer alleged the defendant was driving in a reckless manner, which “endangered the lives of countless civilians and law enforcement,” the complaint said.

Stevens’ careventually crashed into a black Ford Fusion near the intersection of 5th Avenue and 31st Street in Huntington, causing more than $2,500 in damage to the vehicle. The crash resulted in damage to a total of three vehicles.

The defendant allegedly had told police he ate some methamphetamine and smoked approximately one gram of meth prior to driving. He was taken to an area hospital, where his blood was taken as evidence to his claims.

Stevens is currently housed at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.

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