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Va. man charged in police pursuit

July 28, 1997

INWOOD, W.Va. - A Winchester, Va., man was charged with fleeing police while driving under the influence after crashing at the end of a chase Saturday night, police said.

James Toup, 20, was also charged with a second offense drunk driving, driving while his license was revoked for driving under the influence, improper passing and driving without insurance or registration. He was jailed in lieu of $7,255 bond.

According to the Berkeley County Sheriff's report, a deputy was patrolling Route 51 West at 6:34 p.m. when he tried to stop a vehicle for faulty equipment. The chase continued on Route 45 West and onto Poorhouse Road where the vehicle went out of control and crashed into a ditch.

Under a recently passed law, Toup could face one to five years in prison if convicted of fleeing police while driving under the influence.

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