FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is in North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $200,012 bail after fleeing police in a high-speed chase Oct. 3 and another chase in August.

A Fairmont Police Department officer charged 29-year-old Adam Joseph Worth of 1613 Armstrong St., Fairmont, with felony fleeing an officer in a vehicle with reckless disregard for the pursuit on Oct. 3. He was booked at the jail the same day.

It all started when the Marion County Sheriff’s Office issued a lookout for a stolen silver 2002 Ford F-150 Oct. 3. A sergeant with the Fairmont Police Department said he was patrolling Fairmont Avenue near Mary Lou Retton Drive, and passed a silver F-150.

The sergeant said he turned on the vehicle as it crossed the Watson Bridge and turned onto Beverly Road, but lost sight for a few seconds as he tried to catch up to it.

As he traveled on Beverly Road, the sergeant saw the stolen Ford F-150 traveling east on 14th Street, and was able to catch up to it as it turned north on Minor Avenue.

The stolen Ford F-150 turned west on 13th Street, and then turned south on Beverly Road. As they approached the intersection of Fairmont Avenue, the sergeant activated his emergency lights/siren and the driver, later identified as Adam Worth, “accelerated away,” turning south onto Fairmont Avenue, the complaint states.

According to the court papers, Worth sped through a red stop light at Mary Lou Retton Drive, and other vehicles were entering that intersection as he drove through the red light.

The complaint states that the speed reached 70 mph in a 35 mph zone on Fairmont Avenue. “Worth pushed several cars off the road as he fled from me putting other drivers in jeopardy of crashing,” the sergeant stated in the court papers. The complaint states that the chase then went on to Mary Lou Retton Drive and then onto Old Monongah Road, where Worth continued to pass in turns and force people off the road, as he fled.

Then, Worth continued out of the city onto Manley Chapel, where he went off the road and abandoned the stolen Ford F-150, according to the complaint. The complaint states Worth was later apprehended fleeing on foot in the Green Hills Country Club Golf Course.

Meanwhile, in an Aug. 28 incident, Worth is charged with felony grand larceny and felony fleeing from an officer in a vehicle with reckless disregard after fleeing from officers at a high rate of speed, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint states that Worth stole a 2014 Audi AA4 Aug. 28 that was parked at an address in the 300 block of Washington Street in Fairmont.

Worth saw the owner of the vehicle hide the keys above the driver’s side wheel well, and waited for him to leave before he took the keys and stole the vehicle, according to the court papers.

Fairmont Police Department officers spotted the vehicle traveling on Fairmont Avenue, and when they tried to conduct a traffic stop with the vehicle, Worth accelerated his speeds on residential streets and failed to stop for emergency police lights and audible sirens, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, he fled from officers at a high rate of speed and failed to yield to stop signs and intersections, placing the public at risk. A detective with the Fairmont Police Department said Worth was able to elude officers and “ditched the vehicle” at a location in the 800 block of Ridgley Avenue. “Mr. Worth did admit to stealing the vehicle and eluding police during an interview,” the complaint states.

Reach Eric Hrin at (304) 367-2549.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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