Berkeley Springs Man Charged with Attempted Murder After Wild Chase Through Morgan County

Raymond William Miller, 41, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia was charged yesterday with attempted murder and fleeing while driving under the influence.

Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said that Miller failed to stop for police officers in both West Virginia and Virginia.

At about 5:30 pm yesterday, Deputy Dennis Jenkins responded to a call of a subject driving an orange truck driving with a revoked license in the vicinity of Sheet at the intersection of Winchester Grade Road and US 522.

Jenkins attempted to stop the truck, but Miller failed to yield to the officer’s emergency equipment.

The pursuit continued on various roads in southern Morgan County and eventually onto US 522.

The truck continued to flee into Frederick County, Virginia.  

Deputy Jenkins requested assistance from both on duty and off duty officers and contacted Frederick County, Virginia police to assist.

In Frederick County, Sheriff’s deputies attempted to deploy “stop sticks” and the suspect swerved nearly striking a Frederick County Deputy.

The suspect continued fleeing in Frederick County and rammed two Frederick County Sheriff’s Department cruisers that sustained damage.

The suspect took various back roads and entered back into Morgan County on Morgan Grade Road.

At the intersection of Timber Ridge Road at Big Oak Tree, Sargeant Wade Shambaugh attempted to stop the fleeing felon deploying “stop sticks”.  

The suspect swerved to avoid these devices and nearly struck Shambaugh.

The fleeing felon continued to flee on several southern Morgan County roads eventually ending up on Winchester Grade Road where Sheriff Bohrer executed a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver ending the fleeing felon’s flight at Mt Olivet Church.

Miller complained of injuries from the crash of his vehicle and was transported to War Memorial Hospital for examination.

Miller will be arraigned on felony charges from Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police upon his medical release.

Miller is a previously convicted felon.

Frederick County Sheriff’ Department will be pursuing criminal charges for offense occurring in that jurisdiction.

Officers assisting in the apprehension of Miller include:  Sheriff Bohrer, Chief Walter, Captain Stapleton, Sgt. Shambaugh, Deputies Jenkins, Roper and Link, Cpl. Smith, West Virginia State Police, Chief T.J. Johnson, Berkeley Springs Police, Chief Richard Cook, Paw Paw Police Department along with Lt. Warren Gosnell, Sgt. Bryan Smith, Deputies Garcia, Umbel and Bridgforth.

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