Two facing charges after Parkersburg pursuit

This photo was released by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department showing damage caused to a patrol car after a suspect rammed the vehicle during a traffic stop late Friday afternoon in Parkersburg. Two people are in custody. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Two people were charged after the driver of a car Friday rammed a patrol car from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department at a traffic stop on Division Street, the sheriff’s department said.

At around 6:30 p.m., a deputy stopped a tan-colored Honda off Division Street that was occupied by driver Hannah Byers, 19, Pike Street, Parkersburg, and a passenger who identified himself by a fake name, but was later determined to be Devan Sunderman, 21, Main Street, Belmont, the sheriff’s department said.

While the deputy was checking for warrants, it was discovered Byers was wanted for assault out of an April incident in which she allegedly threatened to kill a Parkersburg woman and members of her family, according to Wood County Magistrate Court records. About this time, Byers put the Honda in gear and rammed the patrol car, twice, to get away, the department said.

A pursuit started and another deputy who was enroute to assist on the stop was struck almost head-on by the fleeing vehicle, the department said.

The vehicle fled on Princeton Street until it went over a curb, hit a fence and rolled back into the first deputy’s cruiser, the department said. Byers fled from the vehicle on foot and while trying to apprehend her, Sunderman jumped into the driver seat and fled in the vehicle, the department said.

The initiating deputy pursued and apprehended Byers while the secondary deputy and officers from the Parkersburg Police Department pursued and apprehended Sunderman, who was later found to have a felony warrant out of Pleasants County for escape and a bond revocation, the department said.

Byers was charged with felony fleeing with reckless indifference along with her outstanding warrant, the department said. Additional charges will be addressed with the prosecutor, the department said.

Byers’ bond was set at $325,000.

Sunderman also was charged with fleeing with reckless indifference along with his outstanding warrants while additional charges will be addressed with the prosecutor, the department said. Sunderman’s bond was set at $400,000, but can not be posted due to the pending bond revocation hearing out of Pleasants County, the department said.


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