While on patrol during the evening of January 16, 2013 at about 9:15pm, Ptl. Phil Bass attempted to stop a Pontiac Grand Am for defective equipment. The car evaded and then refused to stop when Ptl. Bass got behind the car. The car pulled in quickly behind the St. Albans Moose Lodge in the former town of Jefferson and stopped by the railroad tracks. The male driver and male passenger got out of the Grand Am and fled on foot. Ptl. Bass chased and caught up with the passenger. During the foot pursuit, both of them rolled down a hill in to a back yard where Ptl. Bass gained control of the man, known to him as Keith Hubbard (38 yoa from St. Albans).
The driver fled and wasn’t able to be found despite the best efforts of assisting SAPD officers and personnel who came to assist from Nitro PD, South Charleston PD, and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department. During this area search, SAPD was notified the Grand Am had just been stolen from Wilson Avenue in St. Albans. Apparently, the car had just been stolen a few minutes before Ptl. Bass attempted to stop it.
Mr. Hubbard admitted the driver was named Christopher Matheny (40 yoa from Belle). He wanted Hubbard to take him to buy marijuana. He agreed and said Matheny picked him up in the Grand Am. A check revealed Matheny was on parole for a conviction in WV for 2nd Degree Robbery and Fleeing in a Vehicle. His parole officer was contacted. Ptl. Bass obtained warrants for Grand Larceny and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. If anyone knows Matheny’s location, they are to call their local law enforcement agency.
Hubbard was charged with Fleeing on Foot and transported to Magistrate Court for arraignment.