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High-Speed Chase Leads To Felony Charges Against Glen Easton Man

A high-speed chase through Marshall County late last month resulted in a litany of felony charges for a man after he crashed, trapping two others inside his car.

Around 8 p.m. March 26, police say they attempted to stop a car heading south on W.Va. 2, around 90 mph without headlights. The pursuit went through McMechen and into Glen Dale, allegedly reaching 94 mph as the driver entered opposing lanes of traffic.

In Glen Dale, the driver allegedly hit another car, spinning out and hitting a telephone pole, totaling it.

The driver, later identified as Koleton Caruso, 20, of Glen Easton, got out and allegedly continued fleeing on foot, hopping a fence where police caught up with him, detaining him in someone’s yard. Police then returned to the accident scene, where according to police reports, two people were trapped in the car. They were removed and taken to Reynolds Memorial Hospital.

Caruso was charged with fleeing while DUI, fleeing with reckless indifference, fleeing with property damage, fleeing causing bodily injury, fleeing on foot, and obstructing an officer. He remains lodged at the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash bond.

In an unrelated arrest the day prior, Marshall County deputies received a call that a domestic disturbance was underway at a Mozart Meadows Drive residence, and while the caller was reporting the disturbance, a gunshot was heard. Deputies arrived on scene and instructed two women to take cover behind the cruiser, and a third woman inside was also instructed to come out and take cover.

Police found Eric Jerge, 43, of Wheeling, in the garage, unarmed, and detained him. Jerge allegedly told police that during an argument with his wife, he pulled out a gun and accidentally fired it near a door while gesturing with it. He then racked the slide, ejecting a round, and pointed it at his head, to the horror of everyone else in the room. Jerge said he did a safety check of the gun and put it down. Police say a bullet hole was located in the wall above the door.

Jerge was charged with two counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm. He was lodged at the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

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