Deputies went to a house on Newhouse Branch Road near Elkview on Thursday afternoon, where the house’s owner said someone had broken in and stolen to investigate a call about a blue and white Polaris side-by-side ATV, among other items, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanwaha County Sheriff’s Department.
While talking to deputies, the owner got a call from a friend saying she saw someone riding the ATV near Coopers Creek Road, Humphreys said.
Another deputy found the ATV there, being driven by Michael Lloyd Paxton, 40, of Kay Lane in Charleston.
Humphreys said Paxton refused to slow down or stop when the deputy turned on his lights and siren. Paxton allegedly pulled into the Speedway gas station in Elkview, then quickly pulled out, nearly hitting a pedestrian.
Other deputies were on their way to join the chase as Paxton headed out Wills Creek Road, Humphreys said. Paxton made it about four miles out the road before crashing the ATV in the creek.
Paxton was shot with a Taser before being handcuffed and arrested, Humphreys said. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation before being charged with felony counts of fleeing, grand larceny, breaking and entering and receiving or transferring stolen property.
Paxton was in the South Central Regional Jail Friday morning, with bail set at $25,000.