A high speed car chase involving an apparently drugged West Virginia woman crossed state lines Wednesday night and ultimately ended when Pleasants County Sheriff's deputies fired shots to disable the vehicle in Washington County.
Victoria S. Moss, 53, of 1009 Bear Run, Cairo, W.Va., was charged with a first-degree felony count of attempted murder, three second-degree felony counts of felonious assault, a fourth-degree felony count of failure to comply, a fifth-degree felony count of fleeing and eluding and a first-degree misdemeanor count of OVI.
Moss reportedly rammed two police vehicles and tried to run down a Pleasants County deputy during the chase, which started when Moss wrecked near St. Marys, W.Va.
Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office
A New Matamoras Police cruiser shows damage sustained when rammed during a high speed chase Wednesday night.
Pleasants County deputies initially responded to a report that Moss' car was in a ditch, said Pleasants County Sheriff Wayne Wilson.
"She was pulled out of the ditch, and she was cited for failure to maintain control," he said.
Moss was also questioned about narcotics usage, which ultimately caused her to flee the scene, according to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
At a glance
Charges against Victoria Moss:
Attempted murder, first-degree felony.
Felonious assault, three counts, second-degree felony.
Failure to comply, fourth-degree felony.
Fleeing and alluding, fifth-degree felony.
OVI, first-degree misdemeanor.
"She just (threw) money out to the wrecker operator and took off and almost hit another car," said Wilson.
Two deputies in a single Pleasants County SUV followed Moss across the Hi Carpenter Bridge and north onto Ohio 7 toward the Washington-Monroe County line, said Mincks.
"We put a call in to New Matamoras (Police Department). Pleasants County had indicated that she was traveling at a very high rate of speed," said Mincks.
A New Matamoras officer estimated Moss was traveling at 80 miles per hour when she entered the village limits, he said. The speed limit in the village is 25 miles per hour.
Moss eventually stopped near the Monroe County line and turned around into the southbound lane. Two patrolmen in a New Matamoras cruiser parked behind Moss to cut off her exit that way. But Moss put the vehicle in reverse and slammed the cruiser, causing damage to the front driver's side, said Mincks.
By this time, the Pleasants County vehicle had arrived, he said.
According to Wilson, Deputy Jeremy Rhodes was outside of the cruiser and Deputy Logan Coplin was exiting the vehicle when Moss started toward them. Coplin was nearly knocked out of the cruiser and Rhodes had to quickly move out of the way, he said.
"He had to jump and get out of the way," Wilson said.
Both Pleasants County deputies fired shots at the vehicle at this point, said Mincks.
"Shots were fired on the driver's side at the tires," he said.
Moss drove over an embankment and temporarily refused to exit the vehicle, he said.
"Finally she got out smoking a cigarette. She was very incoherent," he said.
At the Washington County Jail, a breath test indicated Moss was not under the influence of alcohol. A urine sample will be sent for analysis to determine if she was on another substance that would have impaired her ability to drive, said Mincks.
According to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Moss is currently incarcerated in the Washington County Jail in lieu of an approximately $200,000 bond.
While the WCSO is handling the investigation, Pleasants County deputies will also be filing reports on the incident, said Wilson.