UPDATE: Parkersburg Police confirms connection between Wood County accidents on Saturday

WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 02/09/19

Parkersburg Police say that just before 7:00 p.m. Saturday night, Byron Ovidio Mendez Rivera struck another vehicle at 7th and Harrison Avenue and fled the scene.

An off duty Parkersburg officer saw that accident happen and followed the suspect and contacted 911.

After realizing he was being followed, Rivera struck the off duty officer’s car and struck a guard rail on Route 50 near the I-77 interchange in Wood County. He then was taken into custody by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

He is charged by the city with leaving the scene with injury, and by the county with driving under the influence, failure to maintain control, failure to obey a stop sign, and no proof of insurance.

UPDATE: 02/09/19 11:55 P.M.

Deputies have released more information about an accident that has resulted in a man being taken into custody.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office says Byron Ovidio Mendez Rivera, 22, of Guatemala, was arrested after he crashed his car into a guardrail on Route 50 near the I-77 interchange in Wood County and then side swiped another car.

The incident happened after 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Deputies also confirm that Rivera was involved in another accident in Parkersburg Saturday evening. Parkersburg Police have not released information about that accident.

There's no word yet on what charges the man faces.


ORIGINAL STORY: 02/09/19 9:30 P.M.

Deputies apprehend a man after an accident in Wood County Saturday evening.

Deputies say a car struck a guardrail as it was heading eastbound on Route 50 near the I-77 interchange and the Omelet Shoppe. The car then side swiped another car.

The man behind the wheel was then apprehended.

Deputies have not released his name or what charges he could be facing.

Stick with WTAP as more information becomes available.



 
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