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Suspected Walmart shoplifter dies in police chase

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One person is dead after a single vehicle crash that happened just after 11 a.m. Thursday morning on I64 EB near the Hurricane rest stop.

According to Putnam County Sheriff's Department, the driver, Jan Dennis Perry, 44, was a felon suspect wanted for armed robbery, who was to be extradited from any state.

Police say the chase began in the Walmart parking lot in Hurricane, after the suspect stole a TV and dog food. Perry fled when the police were called. The chase continued onto I64. 

Police attempted to avoid an accident by discontinuing the pursuit as the driver entered the rest stop. Perry slid sideways as he was exiting the highway and crashed into the back of a tractor trailer parked at the rest stop. The truck driver had just stopped and was still sitting inside the truck. He did not see it coming, just heard it and felt the impact.

Police say he had been at Walmart and shoplifted a TV and dog food, ran when they called the police, which led to the chase.

Putnam County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

Keep checking for updates.

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