DUNBAR, W.Va. — A man wanted on a parole violation led police in Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha counties on a high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon before wrecking the vehicle in Dunbar.
Alex Nathaniel Foster, 25, faces charges of grand larceny, child neglect, obstruction and assault on a police officer. He’s being held in the Western Regional Jail.
According to authorities, Foster was first spotted at the Huntington Mall by Parole Services. He allegedly rammed the parole vehicle and took off on U.S. Route 60. He switched vehicles in Milton and took off on Interstate 64 eastbound toward Kanawha County.
The pursuit, which involved about 20 police cruisers reached speeds of 100 mph. Foster drove the truck he was operating off the interstate at Dunbar. He wrecked near the Dunbar Toll Bridge and was taken into custody after a short foot chase.
Police said at least 5 other vehicles were struck by Foster. In one case, two people had to be cut out of a damaged vehicle and were taken to a hospital. Michael Morris told reporters Foster came out of nowhere when struck his truck in Dunbar.
“I just saw out of the corner of my eye the other vehicle coming into my truck and then when it hit my truck turned sideways on two wheels and I thought it was going to tip over but as I kept moving through it came back over. It was really just a state of shock,” Morris said.
Foster is being held on a $55,000 cash-only bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 23.