Man arrested after high-speed chase into West Virginia

June 27, 2013

A Florida man was taken into custody Wednesday night after leading state police on a more than 50-mile chase from Interstate 70 in Buffalo Township to Interstate 79 in Greene County and into West Virginia.

Theotis Kindell, 27, of Orlando, was taken into custody after he reportedly tried to ram Pennsylvania state police vehicles in Monongalia County, W.Va.

Trooper Christopher Campbell stopped the 2007 BMW that Kindell was driving east on Interstate 70 near the Taylorstown exit. As Campbell walked up to the vehicle, Kindell took off at a high speed.

Campbell pursued the vehicle at speeds of up to 120 mph as Kindell drove in what police described as an aggressive and reckless manner. The pursuit continued south onto I-79, where additional troopers joined in an attempt to stop the car. Speeds reached 135 mph as Kindell reportedly wove in and out of traffic.

When the chase entered Greene County, troopers from the Waynesburg station tried to stop the car using spike strips but Kindell was able to elude them. West Virginia state police and local departments joined the chase when it crossed into that state,

Kindell resisted arrested when police from different jurisdictions tried to take him into custody. He was placed in North Central Regional Jail in Greenwood, W.Va., on West Virginia state police charges.

Kindell will be arraigned at a later date before District Judge Ethan Ward on 20 counts each of fleeing or attempting to elude police and reckless endangerment, 10 counts of resisting arrest, two counts of criminal mischief, one count of escape and several traffic violations, including exceeding a 65 mph speed limit by 70 mph.

Kindell has previous arrests in Florida on drug charges.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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