Two arrested after police chase leaves two officers with minor injuries

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Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 12:04 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 7:08 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Wood County sheriff and a chief deputy were left with minor injuries as a result of a police chase over a stolen vehicle.

While Sheriff Woodyard and Chief Deputy Mike Deem were not directly involved with the pursuit, they were providing assistance when they crashed into another vehicle.

Passengers in the other car were not hurt.

According to authorities, it all started with a bridge camera catching a stolen vehicle in its footage.

Belpre police then confirmed it was stolen and were led on a pursuit.

The chase went from Belpre into Parkersburg, where Parkersburg police joined, leading the pursuit.

Local law enforcement said speeds reached 90 miles per hour.

The driver ended up losing control around a turn, hydroplaning, then crashing into a guardrail.

Although the stolen car was disabled and wouldn’t move, officers say the driver wouldn’t stop revving the engine so officers broke a window to pull the driver from the vehicle.

The driver, now identified as Michael Westfall, is in the custody of the Parkersburg Police Department. He is 50 and from Coolville, Ohio.

The female passenger is now in the custody of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

Westfall is facing two counts of fleeing with reckless indifference resulting in injury as well as being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

According to local law enforcement, there were 19 arrest warrants out for Westfall before this incident.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: August 5, 2022 at 12pm

A police chase over a stolen vehicle ended in a crash.

According to authorities, it started with a bridge camera catching a stolen vehicle in its footage. Belpre police then confirmed it was stolen and were led on a pursuit.

The chase went from Belpre into Parkersburg, where Parkersburg police joined, leading the pursuit.

The driver ended up crashing near GoMart and Sonic.

Authorities say there were already warrants out for both the driver and passenger.

This is a developing story. WTAP will keep you informed as we learn more.

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