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Man that led authorities on high-speed chase arrested in WV

27 February 2020 Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Frederick County Clarke County News


Wednesday morning, West Virginia authorities apprehended the driver that led police on a high-speed chase that began in Front Royal and continued through multiple jurisdictions.

On Feb. 25, Front Royal Police Officer J. Treese attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2013 Chevy Corvette that was speeding in the 1400 block of N. Royal Avenue. The vehicle also did not display a license plate and when the officer activated his emergency lights, the vehicle failed to yield. A pursuit was initiated and continued through Warren, Shenandoah and Frederick Counties as well as Strasburg. The vehicle stopped in Clarke County where the driver fled from the scene on foot; authorities searched the area and were unable to locate him.

With the assistance of Upper Pottsgrove Township Police Department in Pennsylvania, Front Royal Police identified the driver as William Watson Allen IV. Charges were obtained on Allen for Felony Eluding and Reckless Driving. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Allen on the morning of Feb. 26, just over the West Virginia state line. He was transported to the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg. Other charges may be forthcoming in this matter.

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