High Speed Chase Lands Bassett In Jail
A high-speed chase early Saturday morning in New Martinsville landed one man behind bars for grand larceny, but New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil says more charges are sure to be filed.
At approximately 3:30 a.m. Saturday Patrolman Don Larsen noticed Bryan Ray Bassett, 22, of Rt. 1 Box 265, Middlebourne, also listed as being of 296 N. St. Rt. 2 West, New Martinsville, staggering into a vehicle in the vicinity of McEldowney Avenue.
Before Larsen could turn his car’s emergency lights on, Bassett reportedly cut through the Park Car Wash and down the back alley. Larsen engaged his lights as Bassett turned up Parkway and north on state Route 2. “He reached speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour,” said Cecil.
NMPD Patrolman Tony Thomas got behind Bassett’s vehicle while Larsen tried to advance in front of the speeding vehicle. Larsen was on the car’s left when Bassett allegedly swerved into the passenger side of Larsen’s vehicle. At the same time NMPD Patrolman Adam Skinner was driving south on state Route 2 to assist in the situation when Bassett’s car spun out and T-boned Skinner’s K-9 Jeep. Bassett’s vehicle ended up hitting the guard rail on the west side of the northern beginning of the four-lane section of state Route 2.
Wetzel County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Daugherty transferred Skinner, and his uninjured dog, to Wetzel County Hospital. Larsen drove himself to the local health care facility. Both were treated and released.
Cecil said Bassett was taken by ambulance to WCH where he was treated and released Saturday morning. He was then transferred to the Northern Regional Jail, where he remains on $20,000 cash bond.
“Thank God no one was injured bad. It could have turned out worse,” said Cecil.
The K-9 Jeep was totaled in the incident. “It actually bent the cage the dog was in,” noted Cecil. “Larsen was driving the new cruiser and it didn’t get it hurt too much.” The 1998 Chevy Malibu driven by Bassett was totaled.
According to the magistrate court report, the Malibu was owned by Bassett’s estranged girlfriend’s mother and he did not have permission to take it. A preliminary hearing on the grand larceny charge has been set for March 5 at 10 a.m. before Magistrate Tom Shepherd.
“There will be multiple more charges,” assured Cecil. Bassett has a history of DUI and he allegedly fled on foot from NMPD Patrolman Dave Howell about a month ago. Also, Cecil said Bassett is currently on parole for a a 90-day improvement period from Ohio.