EAST BANK, W.Va. – The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a man who allegedly pulled a sword on his ex-wife during a domestic dispute.
On Tuesday 4:50 p.m., Metro 911 received a call reporting a disturbance on Gladys Avenue in East Bank. The caller said Dennie Lester, 59 of East Bank got into a verbal argument with his ex-wife, who is also his current girlfriend.
During the dispute, Lester allegedly retrieved a sword and threatened to kill his girlfriend, then himself.
After chasing her around the lawn he got into a pickup truck, rammed his girlfriend’s car, then fled the area. While trying to leave he struck another car in a head-on collision in a construction zone on Route 61, then backed up and tried to flee again but his vehicle got stuck on an embankment nearby. He was briefly held at the scene by other motorists until he got away and ran again.
Authorities caught up with him as he was crawling on his hands and knees onto railroad tracks. The sword was located in his pickup truck after Deputies arrived.
Lester is currently under arrest and being evaluated at an area hospital.
His charges will be announced after consultation with an assistant prosecuting attorney.