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Man charged following police pursuit in W.Va.

January 06, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —  

A Jefferson County man accused of stealing a street sign in Frederick County, Va., was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Wednesday night after police said he attempted to flee from police in Virginia and West Virginia several hours earlier, police said.

Christopher Michael Shenton, 38, of 19163 Charles Town Road, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was charged with one felony count of driving revoked for driving under the influence, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Chief of Staff Jesse Jones said.

Shenton is being held without bond on fugitive from justice warrants, which were issued for his arrest on charges in Frederick and Clarke counties in Virginia, according to Jones. Jones said Shenton was charged in Clarke County with evading police and faces a grand larceny charge in Frederick County.

Jones said Shenton was captured about 11:20 a.m. by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies Cpl. Steve Holz and Sgt. Victor Lupis near the intersection of Withers Larue and Franklintown roads, which is between the communities of Rippon and Summit Point.

At 10:17 a.m., on Wednesday, Jefferson County authorities were told police in Virginia were looking for Shenton and later spotted him driving a white Chevrolet Astro van on U.S. 340, Jones said.

After eluding capture in Clarke County, the van entered West Virginia on U.S. 340, then turned onto Wheatland Road and then  right onto Lloyd Road, Jones said.

At that point, the driver bailed out of the van as it moved and the vehicle continued about 100 feet into a field, Jones said.

Jefferson County deputies were joined in the pursuit by officers with Ranson and Charles Town Police Departments, the West Virginia State Police. A Maryland State Police helicopter also responded to help locate the man, Jones said.

Sheriff’s Deputy G.W. Kilmer and Max, the K-9 he handles, tracked Shenton for a considerable distance as other officers established a perimeter around where the defendant had fled, Jones said.

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— Matthew Umstead
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