A Lewis County man was arrested following a police pursuit during icy conditions on I-79 on Friday.
On Friday, February 1, deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a PT Cruiser on I-79 near mile marker 119 in Harrison County. Deputies said they attempted to initiate the traffic stop because the vehicle was traveling 45 mph in a 35-mph zone. According to deputies, the driver of the vehicle was later identified as Wayne Marple, 31, of Weston.
Deputies said that Marple did not yield to their emergency lights and siren and continued southbound on I-79 reaching speeds in excess of 95 mph. According to deputies, the surface of the roadway was covered in a mixture of snow and ice due to the recent snowfall and the interstate was occupied with light traffic during the pursuit. Deputies said Marple’s vehicle continued to merge from the fast lane to the slow lane when approaching traffic, which was traveling slowly due to road conditions.
According to deputies, Marple continued into Lewis County where he later wrecked his vehicle near the Jane Lew exit (Exit 105). Officers said they were able to identify Marple after a short foot pursuit.
Marple has been charged with fleeing from an officer with reckless indifference.