A man who crashed a vehicle into a Dunbar gas facility while being chased by police March 11, causing a gas leak, was wanted in Virginia and later died of his injuries, according to a police report.
Daniel Chad Waller, 31, of Norfolk, Virginia, was a “wanted fugitive from Virginia by several agencies,” according to the police report.
Dunbar Police Chief William Moss told reporters that day the suspect was a fugitive from Mississippi. The report does not reference charges in Mississippi. It is unclear what, if any, charges Waller faced in Mississippi.
The report says Moss was parked on the parking lot of Go-Mart on 10th Street on the morning of March 11.
Around 9:50 a.m., Moss wrote, he saw the driver of a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo drive northbound on 10th Street with a cellphone to his ear.
As the driver pulled alongside a gas pump, Moss turned on his emergency lights and pulled in behind him, the report says.
Waller apologized to Moss and said that he was checking on his child who was in the hospital.
Waller initially told police he was “Daniel Chad Wallace,” born Aug. 17, 1988, and that the vehicle he drove was borrowed from a friend, according to the report.
After Moss was not able to identify him using DMV records, another officer, Lt. Shafer, arrived with a fingerprint scanner. During the scanning process, officers learned the man was actually Waller.
The driver began to drive eastbound on Dunbar Avenue, the report says. Waller failed to stop for Shafer, who had his emergency lights and siren activated.
The pursuit continued until a railroad crossing where Waller lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a telephone pole and then a cinder block building that belonged to Mountaineer Gas, the report says.
When Waller crashed into the gas building at intersection of Wilson Street and W.Va. 25, it caused a gas leak that shut down traffic for about an hour. Dunbar firefighters removed the man from the wreckage. He was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center.
Moss did not release the man’s name that day. The department also declined requests to release the man’s name in the days following the crash, saying that they had not charged the man with a crime.
The police department released the report following a Freedom of Information Act request from the Gazette-Mail.
Moss has not returned requests for comment about the crash.
The police report does not say what charges Waller faced in Virginia, only that he was a fugitive and wanted “by several agencies.”
The police report says Waller died April 8 as a result of his injuries.
A spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police said she could not say if or what charges Waller was wanted for in that state, saying state law prohibits law enforcement from disclosing a person’s criminal record.
A spokesman for the Virginia state Supreme Court said the court had no records of Waller’s criminal history.
An obituary published April 17 for a Daniel Chad Waller, with a birthdate matching the one in the police report says that Waller died March 8 in Charleston following a car accident.
The obituary says that Waller was born in Richmond and is survived by a wife and three daughters.