PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. — A teenager was taken into custody Thursday after allegedly carjacking a Putnam County Public Service District vehicle and leading authorities on a pursuit.

Justin Wilson, 18, of Sissionville, allegedly stole an SUV from Jackson County before driving to Liberty Square in Teays Valley. He then got out of that car and threatened two Putnam County employees with an AR-15 firearm.

According to Putnam PSD General Manager Michael McNulty, Wilson threatened to kill the employees if they did not help him unload the vehicle he drove to the area. Wilson then took the Putnam County PSD truck.

The ensuing chase involved a period of driving west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64. Wilson allegedly brandished an assault weapon at officers while on Hurricane Creek Road, where he wrecked. The truck ran into a tree and telephone pole, later bursting into flames.

Wilson is recovering with non-life threatening injuries.

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