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Tunnelton Man Shot After Leading Deputies on High Speed Chase

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Matthew Lee Dakon, 27 Matthew Lee Dakon, 27

Preston County Sheriff's deputies shot a suspect during an arrest Tuesday night, after they claim he led them on a high-speed chase that injured some deputies.

Matthew Lee Dakon, 27 of Tunnelton, was shot in the arm during the arrest after 10:30 p.m.

According to deputies, they were originally called for a reckless driving complaint near the Preston Parts parking lot in Kingwood, when the suspect's car took off on Route 26 south at a high rate of speed, running several cars off of the roadway. Deputies said the vehicle even rammed into the side of a cruiser that attempted to stop him.

Deputies followed the vehicle on 26 and other side roads before the vehicle allegedly rammed into a power line right of way gate. According to deputies, the vehicle spun out and stalled on the gravel roadway.

When deputies got out to arrest Dakon, they claim he put his car into reverse, running into a cruiser several times, which hit a deputy.

According to deputies, they fired at the vehicle after this, and Dakon was struck in the arm.

He was treated at Preston Memorial Hospital, then charged with fleeing the police and third offense driving on a suspended license due to a DUI.

Sheriff Jim Fields said none of the deputies or Dakon were seriously injured.

"It's a reality check to know that what starts off as a reckless driving turns into a vehicular assault and somebody getting shot," Fields said, "and that's something that the public doesn't realize police officers do every day and they, and us all take it for granted."

Dakon was arraigned, and remains in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. Fields said Dakon may face more charges once their investigation is complete.

The Preston County Sheriff's Department and the WV State Police are investigating.