Stolen car recovered after being involved in wreck

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
A vehicle reported stolen from Elizabethton on Monday was recovered by law enforcement officers in Washington County after it was involved in an accident.
Christina Marie Nottingham, of Sutton, W. Va., reported to Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mark Roberts shortly after 8 a.m. Monday that sometime between 10:30 p.m. Sunday night and 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning, someone had stolen a vehicle she had rented from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car agency in Summersville, W.Va. The car was described as a 2004 gray four-door Dodge Stratus.
Roberts entered the vehicle into the National Crime Information Center computer network as having been stolen and received a confirmation hit from Washington County showing the vehicle had been encountered by law enforcement officers there.
"Apparently the same night it was stolen someone got drunk in it and crashed it into a utility pole, just a short time after it was stolen," Roberts said.
Officers of the Washington County Sheriff's Department found the car just minutes before 1 a.m. on Monday, according to Roberts.
The vehicle had crashed on Ferguson Road in Washington County and had struck a utility pole, breaking it off at the ground, Roberts stated. "By the time Washington County got there, they had fled on foot so we do not have a suspect at this time," he said.
According to Roberts, investigators with the Washington County Sheriff's Department believe the crashing of the stolen vehicle may have been alcohol related. "They found beer cans in and around the vehicle," he said.