One arrested, two suspects identified in Vienna chase

VIENNA — One man is in custody and two other suspects have been identified after a reported shoplifting turned into a vehicle pursuit.

Vienna Police responded to the report at Grand Central Mall around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and found the suspect vehicle, a 2012 Hyundai Elantra, in the parking lot, according to a release from the Vienna Police Department. The vehicle attempted to flee into the Walmart parking lot and struck a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, disabling it but not injuring the driver, 25-year-old New Martinsville resident Jessica Anderson.

The Elantra proceeded south on Grand Central Avenue with police in pursuit. It traveled “well above the speed limit” and made multiple illegal lane changes in an effort to elude officers, Vienna Police Chief Mike Pifer said.

The suspect vehicle stopped at Murdoch Avenue and 31st Street, where the three occupants got out, the release says. Nolan-Nash Hayes, 26, of Dunbar, W.Va., was apprehended after a brief foot chase. One female suspect was detained and later released while another fled east into a nearby residential area.

The first female suspect was released after being identified. Pifer said she did not attempt to flee, so police concentrated on the other suspects, with the intent of getting a warrant for her later, if necessary.

Parkersburg Police and Wood County Sheriff’s deputies assisted at the scene and in the search of the area, the release says.

The second female suspect was later identified as Kaelah Sterling, 24, of Charleston, the release says. Investigation revealed she had gotten into a cab, possibly bound for Jackson County. Ripley Police later located and identified her there, although she was not arrested, Pifer said.

Information on her encounter with Ripley Police was not immediately available Thursday afternoon.

Hayes was charged with a felony count of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference, arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and held on a $75,000 surety bond at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges could be filed against Hayes and the women involved, Pifer said.

The original shoplifting report came from Buckle, but Pifer said there may have been other stores involved.

“There appears to be some (additional) merchandise inside the car,” he said.

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.