Pursuit Leads To Crash With Police Cruiser in Shadyside

Police officers were involved in a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Shadyside early Wednesday morning that resulted in damage to a cruiser.

According to a report released by the Shadyside Police Department, around 1 a.m. Wednesday village police Officer Chad Nixon spotted a motorcycle on Central Avenue that appeared to have no license plate or plate light. The driver of the motorcycle, James Wayne Gray, 41, of Moundsville allegedly attempted to flee from Nixon when he tried to initiate a traffic stop. The report states that Gray led Nixon on a dangerous high-speed pursuit through a number of side streets and yards in the village.

“Luckily the pursuit did not lead outside of Shadyside,” Assistant Chief Jeff Loeffler said.

The report states that Gray re-emerged onto Central Avenue, where his motorcycle collided with Shadyside police Officer Rich Young’s police cruiser. The motorcycle crashed onto Central Avenue, reportedly forcing Young to swerve into a parked car to avoid running over Gray.

A foot pursuit followed, according to the report, resulting in Gray being subdued with a Tazer as he climbed a fence. A search of Gray’s person revealed a hypodermic needle in his possession, police said. Gray was immediately taken into custody and transported to the Belmont County Jail in St. Clairsville to be held on multiple charges.

According to the report, charges against Gray include: driving under a license suspension, reckless operation, illegal drug possession, and fleeing and eluding.

Gray also was wanted on two felony warrants related to previous alleged drug activity.

According to the Belmont County Jail, a court date for Gray has yet to be scheduled and no bond will be set.

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