UPDATE: Authorities Discuss Chase Procedures

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UPDATE 5/28/2014 10:25 AM

After a man died last week from injuries he sustained when he crashed his motorcycle while running from police, many wonder what is police protocol when chasing a suspect.

Wood County Chief Deputy Shawn Graham says their first priority is always public safety.

Whether an officer decides that a chase becomes too much of a risk to the public, outweighing the reason for the chase it will be called off.

And officers are trained how to use their vehicles in a safe manner.

"We have that in place that a supervisor can call off a pursuit. Because the last thing we'd want is someone in the public being injured or killed as a result of someone's recklessness," says Graham. "Overall, when someone's not going to stop it's our intention to see why they're fleeing in the first place."

Graham adds that in regard to Friday's situation, the crash was not caused by any officer and that they followed protocol.

UPDATED 11:00 P.M. 5/24/2014

The Wood Co. Sheriff's Office says 45-year-old Kendrick Leshaun Baker of Parkersburg died Friday night after crashing his 1993 Kawasaki motorcycle in Vienna.

Chief Dep. Shawn Graham says Baker was wanted by Parkersburg Police for driving with a suspended license.

The Sheriff's Office also says Baker was driving wearing a backpack that had marijuana inside.
UPDATED 9:00 P.M. 5/23/2014

Around 6:40 Friday evening West Virginia State Police were in pursuit of a man on a motorcycle through Parkersburg.

They lost track of the motorcycle around 36th Street and called of the chase.

That's when a Wood County Sheriffs Deputy saw the motorcycle turn onto Rosemar Road, re-initiating the pursuit.

While heading West on Rosemar, the motorcycle went left of center just before Orchard Avenue, side swiping an oncoming truck, all before coming to a stop in a ditch.

West Virginia State Police, D.N.R., Wood County Sheriff, and Vienna Police all responded to the scene.

The driver of the truck that was hit is just happy that he and his daughter weren't hurt.

"She got a text message from my sister-in -aw saying that the cops just flew by her house which they live over on Fairview. Don't know what's going on they said be careful. She relayed that message to me. No sooner had she said that we see the motorcycle coming up on the wrong side of the road right in the middle of the road. And I just turned right real quick to get over in the grass out of the way and the motorcycle clipped our truck and the next thing you know I'm in this guardrail. It just happened so fast," says Todd Echard.

The rider of the motorcycle was taken to Camden Clark.

His name is not being released at this time and his condition is unknown.

Police are still investigating.

We'll have more details as they become available.


A police pursuit of a fleeing motorcyclist has ended in a crash on Rosemar Road in Parkersburg this evening.

Parkersburg police attempted to pull over a green Kawasaki motorcycle on a traffic stop.

The rider on the motorcycle took off and led police on a chase through the north end of town, down Emerson Avenue, and onto Rosemar Road.

The chase ended when the motorcycle crashed at about 7:20PM.
An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, and members of the Wood County Crash Team were called out. A portion of Rosemar Road has been shut down.

There is no word on the identity or the condition of the rider.

WTAP News is on the scene we will update the story online, and on Fox Parkersburg News at Ten, and WTAP News at Eleven..

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