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Lemasters Leads High Speed Chase

By Staff | Nov 3, 2010

Curtis Allen Lemasters

A high-speed chase on state Route 20 Oct. 27 ended safely but with the driver behind bars.

Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rob Scott attempted to make a traffic stop of a vehicle near the 4-H Camp on state Route 7/20 that afternoon when the driver decided to flee in his vehicle. Sheriff James Hoskins said at times the chase reached a speed of approximately 70 miles per hour.

The driver, Curtis Allen Lemasters, 25, of Fairmont, was eventually apprehended near the county line, where Marion and Harrison counties sheriff’s deputies were posted. Sheriff Hoskins said Lemasters ran into a dead end and couldn’t go any further. He exited the vehicle and Scott apprehended him while out of the vehicle.

Also in the vehicle with Lemasters was a pregnant female, also of Fairmont. The Folsom Emergency Medical Service checked her out and medically cleared her from any harm during the incident.

“I’m thankful that everyone ended up okay,” said Hoskins. “Everyone involved did a good job.”

The incident remains under investigation. Lemasters remains in the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond for Wetzel County and $1,000 bond for a misdemeanor in Marion County.

Also responding to the call were Deputy Randy Adams, Sheriff Hoskins, and West Virginia State Police Officers Clint Lantz and Sgt. Jeff Shriver.

Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Brookover is investigating a single vehicle accident that occurred at 7:23 a.m. Tuesday. A vehicle traveling south went off the road near Bayer Corporation. The driver of an undisclosed company’s vehicle got a type of chemical in his eyes and was treated at Wetzel County Hospital. It appears that fatigue may have been a factor in the accident.

WCSO Corporal Roger Spragg is also investigating a single vehicle accident. It occurred on state Route 20 near Jacksonburg at approximately 6:50 p.m. Monday. The unidentified man was entrapped. Once he was removed from the vehicle, HealthNet transported him by helicopter to Morgantown. The incident closed state Route 20 from approximately 7 to 8:10 p.m.

Finally, the WCSO is investigating some possible scams where people try to gain entry to homes on the premise of selling cleaning supplies. Sheriff Hoskins said his department is still trying to determine if the sales people are simply using rude mannerisms or force. “It may be legitimate, and it may not be,” said Hoskins.

While there have been reports, largely on the internet, of people being sprayed by the cleaning supplies to disable the homeowner, Hoskins said there have not been any such reports in Wetzel County.

The WCSO asks local residents to report any suspicious activity. Information needed, if it can be obtained, is the type/color of vehicle, license plate number, and/or description of the persons involved.

To make a report call the WCSO at 304-455-2430.