A Tornado man was injured and a police cruiser was damaged in a brief pursuit in St. Albans.
A St. Albans police officer spotted Michael W. Atkins, 24, of Tornado, driving along Kanawha Terrace Wednesday afternoon on a sport motorcycle without a license plate.
The motorcycle is designed for both off-road and road travel but is required to have a license plate when driven on a road, St. Albans Capt. James Agee said.
Atkins fled when the officer tried to pull him over, Agee said. The officer followed Atkins to Laurel Drive.
Agee said Atkins slowed the bike and the officer "mistakenly thought he was going to pull over and pulled around" the motorcycle. But Atkins continued on, striking the cruiser.
Agee said Atkins' hand struck the cruiser's side mirror, knocking it from the vehicle and the motorcycle left a gash in the cruiser's side. The officer was not injured.
Atkins then fled on foot. The officer caught up to him and took him into custody.
Atkins was taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston with minor injuries.
The captain said Atkins would be charged with fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, driving without registration and driving on a suspended license when he is released from the hospital.
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