Deputies: Man arrested after high-speed chase, kidnapping/murder plot

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JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A man is in custody after leading officers on a chase that reached over 100 mph across several counties, authorities said.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies arrested Michael Parton, 46, Thursday afternoon and charged him with attempted murder and possession of a stolen vehicle.

He allegedly stole a car in Florida and was making a multistate journey to Ripley where he planned to kidnap his estranged wife and kill her boyfriend.

Authorities pinged his cellphone and learned that he stayed in Knoxville, Tennessee, Wednesday night and was headed toward West Virginia.

Deputies arranged a phone call between Parton and his estranged wife and heard Parton spell out his plan to kill her boyfriend. They continued to track his phone and began chasing him when he reached Jackson County. The pursuit along Interstate 77 reached over 100 mph according to deputies.

At one point during the chase, officers shut down the interstate. They used spike strips to stop the suspect's vehicle about 2:30 p.m. Thursday between Kenna and Fairplain.

Investigators pointed out that Parton did not have a gun on him when he was arrested.

Deputies said Parton was originally on their radar three weeks ago. According to the sheriff's office, Parton led officers on a "dangerous" chase that reached over 130 mph in Jackson County. At that point, deputies said he was researching where his estranged wife's boyfriend lives and works.

Deputies said Parton is charged with attempted murder because he traveled across five states and had a detailed plan about how he was going to kill the boyfriend. He was "very methodical in his approach," according to deputies.

Parton is in jail on a $500,000 bond.