Man arrested after high speed chase on University Avenue

MORGANTOWN — A Morgantown man was arrested and charged with multiple crimes after leading police on a high-speed car chase Saturday night.

Maurice L. Everett, 40, is charged with third offense DUI, driving while license revoked-DUI, fleeing with reckless indifference and fleeing while under the influence.

At about 10 p.m., Trooper First Class D. Satterfield saw a silver Chrysler 300 on University Avenue with a broken brake light, a criminal complaint states.

Satterfield saw the car fail to stop for a red light and instead stop on top of the pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Fayette Street and University Avenue. The Chrysler waited about 10 seconds after the light turned green to turn onto Beechurst Avenue and Satterfield turned on his lights to pull the vehicle over, the complaint states.

The car did not stop and Satterfield noted it passed several safe areas to do so. As the car approached the light at the intersection with Hough Street, just before Stansbury Hall, it moved into on-coming traffic to avoid a line of stopped traffic and started picking up speed.

Satterfield turned on his emergency sirens and followed the vehicle as it traveled down the turn only lane on Beechurst while accelerating to 88 mph.

As the two approached Monongahela Boulevard, the Chrysler was clocked going 99 mph, according to the criminal complaint. While turning onto Patteson Drive, the Chrysler lost control and knocked out a road sign.

The vehicle turned onto Laurel Street, then Elmhurst Street and stopped. A “heavyset” black man got out of the Chrysler and ran on foot. Satterfield made sure the Chrysler had no one else in it before giving chase, the complaint states.

Satterfield found the man trying to scale a tall wooden fence in someone’s back yard on Elmhurst Street and he was taken into custody at about 10:11 p.m., according to the complaint.

The man identified himself as Everett and told the trooper that his license was revoked in West Virginia.

Everett told Satterfield that he ran because he had “a couple of shots” at his house. Everett was swaying and had the smell of alcohol on his breath, the complaint states.

He refused a breathalyzer test and was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where he was cleared to be incarcerated.

Everett was arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court on Sunday, by Magistrate James Nabors who set bond at $15,000. Everett is being held in North Central Regional Jail and has not posted bond as of Monday afternoon.

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