FAIRMONT, W.Va. – A Marion County man has been arrested after police said he led officers on a high-speed chase while driving a stolen motorcycle.
Officers with the Fairmont Police Department said they observed a man who was later identified as James Borrell, 36, of Fairmont, traveling southbound on Jackson Street on a motorcycle. The motorcycle’s license plate was covered in dirt and grease, making it extremely difficult to read, officers said.
Officers then ran the license plate of the vehicle, which came back with no matching record, leading police to suspect it may be stolen.
Police then activated their sirens, at which point Borrell began accelerating southbound on Gaston Avenue, proceeding through multiple stop signs without stopping, according to a criminal complaint. Borrell then continued southbound on Fairmont Avenue while passing vehicles by crossing the yellow line and driving on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic.
Borrell then nearly struck a White Hall Police Department Cruiser, which was stopped in the southbound lane with its lights and siren on in an attempt to stop Borrell.
The pursuit eventually came to an end when Borrell wrecked the motorcycle and attempted to flee on foot, according to police.
Officers said they determined the motorcycle had been reported stolen to West Virginia State Police on November 7, 2018. Additionally, officers discovered that Borrell’s license was actively revoked for DUI, most recently as of January 15, 2019, and that Borrell was currently out on bond for a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine), which he was arrested for in November 2018.
Borrell has been charged with fleeing with reckless indifference and transferring stolen property, according to court documents. He is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail and his bail has been set at $20,000.
A man has been arrested after officials said he led multiple law enforcement agencies on a pursuit Thursday evening in Marion County on a motorcycle, according to the Fairmont Police Department.
911 officials said the chase lasted about 11 minutes starting at 7:22, which began in Fairmont and ended outside the county.
According the Fairmont Police Department, the pursuit ended with the motorcyclist losing control and wrecked off road.
Fairmont Police Department was alerted to the pursuit assisted by White Hall Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Department.
Fairmont Police made the arrest after the pursuit.
No other information, including the man’s name or his condition have been released at this time.
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