Car chase ends in arrest of Strasburg man in West Virginia

Jesse Albert

Jesse Albert

A Strasburg man was arrested in Berkeley County, West Virginia, early Sunday morning after a car chase through Frederick County.

Capt. Donnie Lang said the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office has obtained six warrants for Jesse Albert, 31, of Strasburg. Lang said those warrants describe charges of eluding police, assault and battery, reckless driving, driving while suspended, failure to stop at a red light and failure to yield at an intersection.

Lang said deputies saw a vehicle stopped partially on Interstate 81 northbound just after 3 a.m. Sunday. Inside, they noticed a sleeping man  and attempted to wake him up from outside the car. Lang said that after waking and noticing the deputies, the man started driving north, almost striking a cruiser, and officers pursued him.

Lang said that the driver exited the interstate around the West Virginia state line and proceeded north on U.S. 11. Lang said the car ran off the road a few miles into West Virginia and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene.

“At that moment, the weather wasn’t the greatest so he lost control of the vehicle and ended up wrecking into the field,” Lang said. “He refused medical treatment at the scene.”

According to a release from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, the gray Durango involved in the pursuit had rolled several times and a deputy on the scene had reported that the vehicle was on fire.

Berkeley Deputy C. Welcome wrote in an email that Albert was charged with fleeing while driving under the influence, fleeing with reckless indifference, fugitive from justice, DUI 2nd offense, driving on a suspended license, no insurance and violation of interlock system.

According to online records, Albert is being held at West Virginia’s Eastern Regional Jail and is listed as a pretrial felon. Lang said that once Albert is extradited, his charges would come through in Frederick County General District Court.

Albert is facing an assault on law enforcement charge from a December arrest in Shenandoah County Circuit Court. A motion in that case is scheduled for May 18.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com

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