UPDATE: Man charged after leading pursuit that sent 5 to hospital

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) -- UPDATE 3/18/19
One person is in custody after leading a pursuit that ended with 5 people being taken to the hospital.

According to the criminal complaint, the pursuit began when officers tried to pull over a car on Route 50 that had previously involved in a shoplifting incident. The car then went into the left lane and sped away from the officer. The pursuit began near the downtown Westbound and continued on Route 50 before the car took the West Pike Street exit and crashed into another vehicle.

Officials identified the driver in the pursuit as 35-year-old Derek White. They say that while White was leading the pursuit, a pregnant woman was in the passenger seat begging him to stop. Four people were in the vehicle that White crashed into, including a pregnant woman. One person from that vehicle was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital and the three others were taken to United Hospital Center by ambulance. The woman in the car with White was also taken by ambulance to UHC.

White is charged with fleeing with reckless indifference resulting in bodily injury.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/16/19
Five people were taken to local hospitals after a pursuit ended in a crash Saturday night in Clarksburg.

The pursuit call came into Harrison County 911 around 11:20 Saturday night. It ended in a crash on West Pike Street off Route 50.

One person was airlifted and the other four were taken to UHC, according to Harrison County 911 officials. There's no word on the severity of their injuries.

An arrest was made and we're working to learn more about the suspect.

The Clarksburg Police Department is investigating.

Clarksburg Fire; Harrison County, Bridgeport and Anmoore EMS; and the Harrison County Sheriff's Office responded.