PRINCETON — A man who led Mercer County deputies and troopers with the West Virginia State Police on a recent chase is facing multiple charges including kidnapping, fleeing police while DUI and battery on an officer.
Anthony Thornsbury, no age available, of Wyoming County has been charged with kidnapping, malicious wounding, DUI, fleeing police while DUI, obstructing an officer and battery on an officer, Chief Deputy Capt. Joe Parks of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.
The chase started about 7:30 p.m. June 28 at a Glenwood Park Road mobile home park when Mercer County 911 “got a call in that a guy was out of control and threatening people with a knife,” Parks said.
Thornsbury allegedly forced a woman he knew into a pickup truck with him, but she grabbed a cellphone, made a call and said he was threatening her and “he was out of control,” Parks stated. Thornsbury also threatened to kill himself if he was stopped.
The woman was pushed out of the truck at the intersection of Glenwood Park Road and Route 20, Parks said. She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released.
After searching the area, deputies and state troopers located the pickup truck traveling down Route 460 toward Princeton. It passed through the Ambrose Lane area and continued east toward Giles County, Va. Parks said Thornsbury turned around before reaching Virginia and headed back toward Princeton.
The pickup truck crashed at the 18-mile marker and came to rest against an embankment along the westbound lane. No other vehicles were involved. Deputies at the scene the night of June 28 said then that they could not release any information.
Thornsbury was transported to Princeton Community Hospital. His arraignment was pending Monday, Parks said.
A deputy’s cruiser was hit during the pursuit, but the deputy was not injured, Parks said.
The West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment was investigating the crash.
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