UPDATE: Meigs County Sheriff’s Department looking for man who led deputy on chase

Published: Dec. 13, 2020 at 3:55 PM EST
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MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 2/19/2021

Meigs County authorities are again looking for Levi McGrath, 39, of Langsville.

McGrath is accused of leading a Meigs County Deputy on a lengthy chase in the early morning hours of February 17.

Sheriff Keith Woods said Deputy Campbell attempted to pull over a dark colored truck that morning after it went left of center multiple times and after discovering its plates did not match the vehicle.

With lights flashing behind it, the truck fled up State Route 124, onto Dexter Road and across several back roads. The pursuit came to a close when the truck went into a ditch near Harmon Road.

The male driver, identified as McGrath by Deputy Campbell, fled the crash on foot and ran into the woods.

The passenger, Linda M. Eblin, 31, of Pomeroy was taken into custody for active warrants out of Meigs County and the Village of Middleport.

Wood said charges have been filed against McGrath for failing to obey a police officer.

“Every time a pursuit happens in Meigs County we have to look at the risk of physical harm to not only our Deputies, but other people inside of the vehicle, our residents, and our community. There are always consequences for your actions when you choose to run from the police and in this case warrants have been issued for Levi McGrath on charges of Failure to Comply,” said Wood.

Wood said more charges will be presented to a Meigs County grand jury.

McGrath was the apparent victim of a shooting in Meigs County back in December. You can read about that incident below.


A suspect in an alleged shooting in Meigs County was taken into custody on Saturday, but the Meigs County Sheriff’s Department is still looking for a man believed to have been wounded during a fight on Bradbury Road.

Sheriff Keith Wood said witnesses told investigators that Buford Smallwood, 34, and Levi McGrath, 39, were fighting when Smallwood allegedly fired a shot that injured McGrath.

McGrath ran into the woods and was able to get away after the fight, but Wood said he later left a voicemail for a family member saying he had been injured. He may be in need of medical attention, Wood said.

Authorities were called to the residence about 3 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, Wood said Smallwood fled on a motorcycle. Deputies chased him but he got away on Titus road near the Gallia County line.

He was caught later near Hutton Road after authorities got information that he was on his motorcycle at a residence on MacCumber Road.

He was taken to the Middleport Jail, where he is expected to be arraigned and charged with felonious assault.

Buford W. Smallwood Jr., 34, of Vinton
Buford W. Smallwood Jr., 34, of Vinton(Meigs County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies continued to search for McGrath throughout the day on Saturday, with help from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s aviation unit, Ohio Division of Wildlife Officer Chris Gilkey and a K-9 unit, but they were not able to find him.

He is 5-foot-10 and weighs 178 pounds. He has green eyes and brown hair.

Levi McGrath, 39, of Athens
Levi McGrath, 39, of Athens(Meigs County Sheriff's Office)

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the sheriff’s office.

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