UPDATE: Parkersburg driver arrested after chase from Marietta to Williamstown

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WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg driver was arrested Thursday night after he led police officers from multiple agencies on a chase from Marietta to Williamstown.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the chase began at 9:24 P.M. Thursday, on Second Street in Marietta, when a OSHP trooper attempted to stop a 1998 Buick Regal for a traffic violation.

Troopers say the driver refused to stop and continued driving onto Greene and Pike Streets at speeds up to 53 MPH.

The vehicle hit a marked OSHP patrol car once on Fourth Street and again at the I-77 Southbound on-ramp heading toward West Virginia.

OSHP troopers and Marietta City Police officers continued pursuing the vehicle on I-77 across the West Virginia state line, at speeds of more than 90 MPH.

The vehicle then took the WIlliamstown exit and continued south on West Virginia State Route 31, then onto Greathouse Road.

At around 9:36 P.M., near the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, police were able to surround the suspect's vehicle and force it to stop.

Wood County Sheriff's deputies were also at the scene and arrested the driver, Christopher Smith, 31, of Parkersburg.

Smith is charged with multiple felony counts in both Ohio and West Virginia, including Fleeing and Eluding and Assaulting a Law Enforcement Officer.



 
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