Chase turns to wreckage
What started off as a high speed chase through Pleasants and Tyler counties went sideways and came to a crashing end for two Ritchie County residents.
On Jan. 4, at 11:42 a.m., the Tyler County E-911 Center received a call from Pleasants County informing them that one of their deputies was attempting to stop a vehicle traveling north on state Route 2, but the driver refused to stop. Assisting them in the pursuit was a St. Marys police officer, but the pursuit carried into Tyler County.
A deputy sheriff from the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, along with a Sistersville Police Department unit, responded.
The vehicle attempted to turn onto state Route 18. However, the driver lost control and struck the hillside.
The driver of the vehicle was later identified as Cozjun A. Spencer, 32, of Auburn, W.Va., while the passenger was identified as Joshua K. Layfield, also of Auburn. Spencer was charged with improper registration, left of center, no insurance, and reckless driving.
He will also face charges in Pleasants County for fleeing a police officer. Layfield was charged with failure to wear a seat belt.
As a direct result of the vehicular impact, Layfield was transported to Sistersville General Hospital, only to be transferred to another facility later by helicopter.
Assisting the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office was the SGH EMS along with the Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department.