Preston County man arrested after police pursuit in Barbour County

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A Preston County man has been arrested after deputies said he led multiple law enforcement agencies on a pursuit in Barbour County in a stolen vehicle.

On Wednesday, March 13, deputies with the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department were called to assist Harrison and Taylor County law enforcement with the pursuit of a stolen vehicle that had just crossed into Barbour County.

The driver of the stolen vehicle was later identified as Christopher Larew, 35, of Tunnelton, according to court documents.

Upon joining the pursuit near the Brushy Fork Road and King Knob intersection, deputies said Larew was extremely close to striking their vehicle. Barbour County deputies were the lead vehicle in the pursuit and were directly behind Larew with their emergency lights and siren on, according to court documents.

Deputies said both driver’s side tires on the stolen vehicle were flat, and the vehicle was running on the rims. Larew was traveling about 40 mph and driving recklessly on the wrong side of the road towards Route 57, according to deputies. Deputies were then able to get in front of the stolen vehicle and as they began to slow down, Larew struck their vehicle in the rear before coming to a complete stop. Larew was then placed into custody, deputies said.

Larew had been charged with fleeing with reckless indifference, according to court documents. At this time, Larew was also arrested on a warrant for embezzlement in Harrison County in January 2017.

On January 9, 2017, officers with the Clarksburg Police Department responded to the Lowe’s on Emily Drive in Clarksburg for a larceny complaint. Officers said a loss prevention employee advised them that an employee, identified as Larew, took four Five-Step Treated Stair Strings valued at a total of $51.88 from the store without permission while he was employed there on October 23, 2016. 

Larew has been charged with embezzlement.

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