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Man wanted for attempted murder arrested in Chapmanville after pursuit

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A pursuit led Chapmanville Police to arrest a man wanted in North Carolina for attempted murder on Sunday morning.

Chapmanville police attempted to pull over William Mitchell Lee Pope, 32, of North Carolina, around 10 p.m. on Saturday, for broken tail and brake lights.

Pope then led officers on a pursuit on Route 10 toward Phico.  After traveling down Godby Branch Road, the suspect busted through a gated fence, driving onto property that officers believe belongs to a gas company.  When officers approached the car, they said both doors were open and the suspect had already fled.

After running the license plate number, officers discovered that the car Pope was driving was stolen near Pikeville, Ky. Police said the car has Tennessee tags.

At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Chapmanville police received a call from the suspect's ex-girlfriend, who lives in Chapmanville. She told police Pope was staying at the Roadway Inn in Chapmanville. Police arrested Pope at the motel shortly after.  The ex-girlfriend claims Pope had been trying to contact her, according to authorities.

During the investigation, police discovered Pope is wanted for attempted murder in North Carolina after shooting his uncle.  Police could not say when this incident happened.

Chapmanville police said Pope faces at least twelve charges including fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, obstruction of property, transferring stolen property, and lacking proof of car insurance.

He is being held at Southwestern Regional Jail but will be extradited to North Carolina to face his attempted murder charges.

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