20-year-old arrested after striking utility pole, fleeing the scene

West Virginia

On February 24 around 11:20 p.m., deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of 887 Mission Road for a vehicle accident that took out a utility pole.

Upon arrival to the scene, the vehicle was on fire along with the utility pole that the vehicle had struck. Active power lines were down on the roadway, and the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene. 

While making access to the vehicle involved in the accident, the deputy observed a dark in color Ford sedan traveling towards the accident scene at a high rate of speed. The vehicle came to an abrupt stop, went into reverse, turned around and left the scene, Chief Deputy Ronald Fletcher said.

The vehicle came close to striking two of the emergency units and personnel on scene. Witnesses on scene stated that a male jumped into a black Ford Fusion, unoccupied, and fled the scene.  

The driver of the vehicle was then identified as Jacob Pullen, a 20-years-old of Harpers Ferry. He was arrested with several charges, including reckless driving, obstructing and resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.

Fire Chief Earl Cogle of Blue Ridge Fire Company said, “For a motor vehicle accident involving power poles, vehicle fire, we responded to find a vehicle that was fully involved. Power lines across the road, we couldn’t access the vehicle due to the power lines across the roadway. The road was shut down for several several hours waiting for Potomac Edison to replace poles.”

Due to the high winds, Potomac Edison was unable to immediately get the lines off of the road, leaving the road shut down through the night. 

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