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Jeremy Cook

SPRUCE RIVER — A man was captured after he allegedly fled a deputy and crashed his truck on Meadow Fork Road in the Spruce River area of Boone County on June 22.

Jeremy Cook, 39, was charged with fleeing from officer in an incident that eventually involved two other officers.

According to a criminal complaint prepared by Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy EC Gibson, he had noticed an older Chevy S10 truck parked suspiciously at the Spruce River Marker.

After executing his routine patrol on Meadow Fork Road, he observed the same truck in question and noticed that it did not have a state inspection sticker.

The deputy then approached the vehicle in an attempt to block its path of travel, but the truck shifted into reverse and backed up approximately 10 feet before going off the roadway and around the officer’s cruiser as he was exiting his cruiser according to the report.

The report states the deputy gave loud verbal commands to stop, but the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.

While in pursuit, the deputy observed that the truck had crashed into a guardrail on a bridge at the mouth of Meadow Fork Road. The complaint states the officer could not locate the suspect and that he had fled into brush and weeds near the scene of the accident.

After calling for a tow truck as the truck was blocking the one-way bridge, the deputy observed that the tags on the truck did not match the vehicle.

Assisted by Cpl. K. McCarty and West Virginia State Trooper C. Johnson, the trio proceeded up Hewett Creek in search of the suspect. The man was located standing in the road near a guardrail before he was seen running on foot and located on a hillside behind a residence nearby before being apprehended and placed under arrest.

As of CVN deadline, Cook was held at Southwestern Regional Jail on a $20,000 surety/cash bond.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.