CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A man killed in a car crash along Interstate 64 in Putnam County while fleeing from Hurricane police officers had an extensive criminal history, officials said.
Jan D. Perry, 44, of Clarksburg had allegedly attempted to steal a television and other items from the Hurricane Walmart when officers were called to the scene, Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said.
Perry was wanted for a parole violation, he said.
He had multiple convictions for offenses such as armed robbery, drug dealing and multiple driving under the influence charges, Edwards said.
Perry fled the scene in a Chevrolet Malibu, leaving behind the television and other items when officers pulled into the Walmart parking lot, Edwards said.
Two Hurricane police officers in one car pursued Perry, who ran several red lights before getting on the eastbound lanes of I-64, Edwards said.
"He was driving very recklessly," he said.
Perry reached speeds of about 100 miles per hour before attempting to exit the interstate at the Hurricane rest stop just east of the town, Edwards said.
Perry lost control when exiting the interstate and slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer parked at the rest area, he said.
He was pronounced dead on the scene.
"He (Perry) hit the truck on the driver's side of the car," Edwards said.
No other injuries occurred. Hurricane firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate Perry's body from the car, he said.