Chase leads to W.Va. man’s arrest

Posted: September 4, 2013

The Winchester Star

Jonathan Sehon

WINCHESTER — A West Virginia man was arrested on Sunday after eluding police while allegedly impaired by drug use.

Jonathan Randall Sehon, 26, of Purgitsville, W.Va., was charged with felony eluding, driving while intoxicated on drugs, improper registration, driving without car insurance and driving with a suspended license, according to a complaint filed in Frederick County General District Court on Tuesday.

On Sunday, a Frederick County deputy checked Sehon’s license plate after seeing his vehicle in the Walmart parking lot on Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50). The officer learned that the license plate on Sehon’s car was registered to another vehicle.

The officer then attempted to catch the vehicle as it reached the highway, to confirm the registration, according to the complaint.

On nearby Round Hill Road, the suspect vehicle suddenly accelerated, and the officer initiated a pursuit. Sehon continued driving west at about 80-90 mph, and the pursuit continued past the Round Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company and Singhass Road, according to the complaint.

During the chase, Sehon reportedly drove across the roadway’s double yellow line several times and traveled off the road into a grassy area. He eventually crashed into a guardrail, injuring his 17-year-old female passenger, according to the complaint.

Sehon’s eyes were allegedly red and “pinpointed,” the complaint stated.

Sehon told the officer that he had “snorted” two Percocet pills at 11 a.m. that day and had smoked marijuana as recently as 30 minutes earlier.

The vehicle was owned by Sehon, but he had no insurance and his car had improper registration, according to the complaint.

Sehon also admitted that his driver’s license was suspended.

He is being held in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 secured bond.

— Contact Rebecca Layne at rlayne@winchesterstar.com