There were no other passengers in the Malibu, Edwards said. No officers were injured in the pursuit.
Perry struck the truck's trailer hard enough to shatter the rear window in the cab, he said. The Malibu also struck the tractor-trailer with enough force to break the rear axels of the vehicle, Hurricane Police Chief Mike Mullins said.
Edwards estimated that the chase lasted about one minute. The rest area where the accident occurred is about one mile from Hurricane.
Perry had lived in Culloden in Putnam County before moving to Clarksburg a few years ago, Mullins said. Officers did not know he was wanted for a parole violation when they initiated the pursuit, he said.
Mullins believes the officers acted appropriately and should not have backed off the chase even though Perry reached speeds of 100 miles an hour.
Hurricane officers pursuing Perry did not attempt to make the turn into the rest area because they were moving too fast, Mullins said.
"They knew they couldn't make that turn safely," Mullins said.
Putnam sheriff's deputies are investigating the crash.
Putnam Sheriff Mark Smith declined to comment about whether Hurricane officers should have backed off the chase.
But he pointed out that the chase lasted a short period of time and that officers had little to no time to make the call to back off.
"And when someone runs from police you have to wonder why," Smith said. "You never know what they could be wanted for."
"That's a really bad situation for law enforcement officers," he added. "Do you let the guy go, or do you pursue?"Contact writer Paul Fallon at paul.fal...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817. Follow him at www.twitter.com/PaulBFallon. ;