Man arrested after St. Albans pursuit arraigned on multiple charges

Samuel Manriquez appears in Kanawha County Magistrate Court Friday for his arraignment on several charges from a police pursuit Thursday in St. Albans. (WCHS/WVAH)

A man was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court Friday on several charges after a pursuit in which he and two St. Albans police officers were injured.

Samuel Manriquez, 31, was released from the hospital and then arraigned on charges of transferring and receiving stolen property, fleeing in a vehicle and child endangerment. Bond was set at $100,000.

During the pursuit Thursday, Lt. P.A. Bass suffered a facial injury, and Patrolman M.W. Cooper suffered a broken hand, St. Albans Police Department Chief Joe Crawford said. Both officers were treated and released.

A criminal complaint said Bass was on routine patrol when he saw a vehicle traveling eastbound on Kanawha Terrace. He ran the plates and discovered the vehicle was stolen. Police said a pursuit began after they tried to pull the vehicle over. They said the stolen vehicle drove over a public sidewalk, through an apartment complex and drove through a residential street. It also failed to yield at several intersections and did not stop at a stop sign.

During the pursuit, a 5-year-old child was riding on the center console of the front passenger compartment of the vehicle. The child was found being held by her mother in the front seat after the chase ended.

Police said the driver, Manriquez, jumped out of the vehicle after it stopped and ran over an embankment. After a struggle, he was taken into custody. Police said several others were detained at the scene, but Manriquez was the only person charged.

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