Man charged after police pursuit, crash into storage building, court records say

Nitro police say Willis Ray Porter, 39, of Culloden is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing with reckless indifference. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

Nitro police said a man faces charges after crashing his vehicle into a storage building during a pursuit.

Willis Ray Porter, 39, of Culloden is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing with reckless indifference, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Nitro police said on Tuesday another man took a robot vacuum valued at about $500 from Lowe’s at Nitro Marketplace without paying for the item. Nitro Police Chief Bobby Eggleton found the suspect vehicle at Sheetz on Lakeview Drive. The chief ordered the vehicle to stop, but the driver took off and a pursuit began.

Police said the suspect vehicle struck a storage building on New Goff Mountain Road, causing significant damage. A criminal complaint incorrectly reported the vehicle struck the Nitro Carpet Outlet, but the Nitro Carpet Outlet was not hit by the vehicle. Police said the storage building that was struck is near the Carpet Outlet and is not related to the business.

The complaint said the suspect vehicle then continued onto Interstate 64 East, leaving the interstate at the Institute exit and headed west on Route 25. The suspect vehicle came to a stop on the westbound shoulder of Route 25 near Goff Mountain Road and the Bayer CropScience plant.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Porter, was ordered from the car and was taken into custody, police said.

Porter is currently being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $5,000 bond or 10 percent cash.

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