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West Side pursuit leads to arrest, discovery of $18,000

By Staff reports
Jackie S. Harper

A pursuit on Tuesday morning led to the discovery of guns, drugs and money in Charleston.

Cpl. A.J. Miller barely avoided a car as it drove past a stop sign near Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

He would later arrest Jackie Sebastian Harper, of Elkview, who rode in the car, according to the release.

The driver failed to pull over as Miller activated his lights and siren, the release states.

Miller followed the car into North Charleston and onto 29th Street, a dead-end road.

The driver and two passengers, including Harper, jumped from the vehicle as it continued to roll into a parked car, according to the release.

Harper, 24, leaped over fences and then fought with the deputy, the release states.

The deputy eventually arrested Harper, who allegedly had $18,000 in his possession.

Harper is charged with resisting arrest and fleeing on foot. He remained at South Central Regional Jail without bond on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the release, authorities also found firearms and drugs in the car. Sheriff’s deputies are working with Charleston police to investigate the incident.

Authorities had yet to arrest the driver or the other passenger as of Tuesday morning, said Sgt. Brian Humphreys, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

He said the car may be connected to a prior incident in Charleston, and that more details may be released in the future.

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