On January 22, 2017, at around 4:37 pm, Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to One Stop, located at 380 Goff Mountain Road in Cross Lanes to investigate a report of a vehicle that had just been stolen. The victim of the vehicle theft had exited his vehicle and left his vehicle running while he went into the business. The victim observed a male get into his vehicle and begin to back out of a parking space. The victim ran outside and attempted to open the car door to prevent the suspect from leaving and in the process sustained minor injuries to his hand. The suspect fled the area in the stolen vehicle and a description of the vehicle was broadcast to surrounding law enforcement agencies.
A short time later, the suspect struck another vehicle in the St. Albans area and then fled towards Amandaville. The vehicle was spotted by Deputies and St. Albans Police Department and a short vehicle pursuit ensued. The suspect turned onto Beverly Street in Amandaville, which is a dead end street. Realizing his mistake, the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
The suspect, identified as Chad Everette Sands, 37 yoa, from Nitro, continued to run towards Coal River and jumped into the river and onto a tree which was leaning over the river. Mr. Sands was partially in the water and refused to come back to the embankment. St. Albans Fire Department was requested to be placed on standby due to Mr. Sands acting as if he were going to continue across the river, as he was making comments about ending his life.
After several minutes of speaking with Kanawha County Deputies and St. Albans Police Officers, Mr. Sands climbed back to the embankment and was taken into custody without incident.
Mr. Sands is being charged with grand larceny, fleeing in a vehicle, and battery. He was processed and then transported to the South Central Jail. He will be arraigned when a Magistrate is available this evening.
As is always the case in criminal matters, the charges against Mr. Sands are merely accusations. He is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
We would also like to take this opportunity to ask individuals to be aware of their surroundings and not leave their vehicles unlocked and running while they are away from it. This is an easy opportunity for individuals to quickly enter and steal a vehicle.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call 304-357-0169, submit a tip on our website at www.kanawhasheriff.us, or send an email to email@example.com. Deputy M. Dolin is the investigating this incident.