Man arrested following high-speed chase, alleged kidnapping/murder plan

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. — A man is arrested after a police chase and attempted campaign to kidnap his estranged wife and kill her partner.

Michael Parton faces charges of attempted murder and possession of a stolen vehicle.

According to authorities, Parton stole a car in Florida and was driving toward Ripley, West Virginia. They discovered he stayed in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Wednesday.

Officers set up a phone call between Parton and the woman, and heard Parton describing his plan.

The pursuit began in Jackson County. Parson led police on a chase on Interstate 77, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph. Parson was stopped by spike strips between Kenna and Fairplain.

Parson was not possessing a gun when he was arrested.

He is in jail on a $500,000 bond.

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