FAIRMONT, W.Va. – An Enterprise man was arrested after a high-speed chase through Marion and Harrison counties.
David Martin, 30, of Enterprise, fled from a Marion County deputy after the deputy attempted a traffic stop on Industrial Park Road in Fairmont, according to a criminal complaint. The deputy had been informed by dispatch that the license plate on Martin’s motorcycle did not match the vehicle, according to the complaint.
Once the deputy turned on his emergency lights, Martin sped up and traveled on Route 73 in the direction of Boothsville, according to the complaint. During the pursuit, Martin reached speeds of more than 70 mph and weaved in and out of traffic as he drove into Harrison County, deputies said.
The pursuit continued to Saltwell Road, onto Francis Mine Road, back to Kuhns Run Road and ended in Enterprise, according to a criminal complaint. During the pursuit, deputies said Martin on several occasions crossed left of center while passing vehicles; on at least three occasions traveled toward oncoming traffic in the wrong lane at a high rate of speed; and struck the driver’s side of a cruiser as a deputy tried to overtake Martin to stop him.
Martin showed complete and utter disregard for his own safety, the safety of other travelers and the safety of pursuing officers during his attempt to evade law enforcement, according to the sheriff’s department.
Martin is charged with fleeing with reckless disregard. He is in North Central Regional Jail.