CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two men found with drugs after a police pursuit in northern Kanawha County were arrested, State Police said.
Trooper C.D. Hill was on patrol early Thursday in the Sissonville Drive area of Pocatalico when he saw a small red car heading south with no inspection sticker. Hill, using lights and sirens, attempted to stop the vehicle but when he got close the car made a sharp turn onto Derricks Creek Road, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
The car sped off north on Derricks Creek Road, and then turned onto an unmarked gravel road known as Second Creek. Hill lost sight of the car in the dust cloud but followed.
Troopers J.M. Comer, S.W. Perdue, N.A. Benavides and A.B. Wilson helped Hill search for the vehicle. Comer found a car matching the description at a home on Reed Drive off Second Creek.
Officers entered the house and called for the men, later identified as Jason Phillips, 32, of Kenna and Robert Harvey, 41, of Sissonville, to show their hands. Phillips went to the floor, saying he was sorry but Harvey hid his hands.
Troopers said Harvey got combative and began kicking at Perdue. Officers were able to subdue him.
A search of Phillips turned up a container of meth and the keys to the car in the driveway. Troopers found a pill bottle containing pseudoephedrine pills, other meth making ingredients and finished meth. Hill noted that officers later found Harvey had been convicted of cooking meth in Ohio.
Phillips apologized to officers for not stopping, saying he was scared because he had been drinking earlier and did not have a driver's license.
Phillips was charged with fleeing in a vehicle while under the influence, driving with a suspended or revoked license and driving without insurance. Harvey was charged with battery on a police officer, obstruction and possessing meth precursors.