Charleston chase suspect faces Parkersburg charge

Neff in custody at South Central Regional Jail

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man charged after a pursuit during which he allegedly shot at police in Kanawha County faces at least one charge back in Wood County as well.

According to published reports and records in Wood County Magistrate Court, Krystopher Mikhal Neff, 29, of 1704 17th Ave., Parkersburg, was charged Sunday in Kanawha County with two counts of fleeing and one each of wanton endangerment and transferring/receiving stolen property.

Neff was allegedly traveling on a motorcycle reported stolen out of Parkersburg when a pursuit by Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies began in St. Albans. Nitro, Dunbar and Charleston Police became involved as the chase wound through Nitro and Institute, then into Charleston, where he crashed on Virginia Street, published reports say. During this time, he allegedly traveled the wrong way on Interstate 64 and drew a gun and fired at Nitro and Dunbar officers.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said the motorcycle was reported stolen over the weekend.

“He was apparently, according to his own words, taking it to Charleston to sell it,” Martin said, referencing video filmed of Neff by WSAZ following his arraignment. “More than likely, he’ll face additional charges here in Wood County for the theft of the motorcycle.”

Neff is in custody at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston on a $75,000 bond. He was also arraigned on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance out of an incident on Sept. 14 in Parkersburg.

According to court records, on that date, Neff was searched by Parkersburg Police in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn at 401 37th St. and a baggie containing a white, powdery substance was found. Neff fled, and Martin said he was found shortly hiding in the wooded area behind Value City Furniture.

Neff admitted to ingesting either Fentanyl or heroin, Martin said.

“Once he was in custody, he went into an overdose state and we had to call EMS to revive him,” the chief said.

Bond on the possession charge was set at $5,000.