Police ID man who fled police, jumped into Potomac

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May 16, 2012

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — West Virginia State Police have released the name of a man who they said they believe jumped into the Potomac River after leading authorities on a car chase that began with shots being fired Monday night near Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

David James Windham has been charged with one count of grand larceny and two counts of attempted unlawful assault of a police officer, according to a news release from West Virginia State Police.

The incident began after troopers received a call for a copper theft at 9:05 p.m. Monday near Sir Johns Run Road in Berkeley Springs.

Police said shortly after they arrived at 9:22 p.m., they saw a vehicle speeding toward them and fired three shots when it failed to stop.

A Morgan County Sheriff’s Department deputy intercepted the vehicle and chased it down a road near the river, police said. The driver then stopped the vehicle, got out and jumped in the water.

Police in Maryland and West Virginia searched both sides of the river, but didn’t find the driver of the vehicle.

Windham is described as 5-feet, 7-inches tall with blue eyes. He weighs about 200 pounds and has brown hair.

Anyone with information may call state police at 304-258-0000.

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