UPDATE: Belpre man jailed after high-speed police pursuit


Police have identified a Belpre man as the driver of a motorcycle who led a Parkersburg Police officer on a pursuit at speeds approaching 100 mph early Monday morning.

Dustin A. Atkinson, 33, fled after the officer attempted to pull him over in at 7th Street and Park Avenue because there was no registration visible on the black Yamaha R1 motorcycle, Police Chief Joseph Martin said.

Atkinson was charged with fleeing with reckless disregard for safety, a felony, and Martin said other misdemeanor charges are pending.

According to criminal complaint in Wood County Magistrate Court, Atkinson ran a red light on 7th Street before going left of center and passing three vehicles while going about 80 mph in a 35 mph speed zone.

He turned onto Route 50 east, reaching speeds of nearly 90 mph. He then exited onto Murphytown Road before returning back to Route 50 west going about 100 mph. After about a mile, the motorcycle began smoking and Atkinson jumped off and ran about 50 yards before he was arrested.

His bond was set at $50,000 at his arraignment in magistrate court, and he was taken to the North Central Regional Jail.


The driver of a motorcycle was taken into custody Monday morning after leading a Parkersburg Police officer on a high-speed pursuit.

Authorities said the chase began when the officer attempted to the motorcycle in the 7th Street area. The suspect has not been identified.

According to a Wood County 911 Center dispatch supervisor, speeds reached 95 mph as the pursuit continued on Route 50 East.

After a couple of minutes, the suspect turned around and began heading west on Route 50. The pursuit ended about 5:15 a.m. near milepost 14 when the suspect's tire reportedly blew out.

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