Driver arrested after chase
A police chase that went back and forth from Ohio to West Virginia ended Saturday night in front of the DuPont Washington Works plant.
The incident started in Washington County at a home on Ohio 26 when Doug Morrison, no age or address available, had agreed to pick up some of his belongings from his ex-wife, Gina, according to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Morrison allegedly showed up drunk and threatened his ex-wife. She fled to a neighbor’s house and called 911, Mincks said.
“He was intoxicated and she feared for her life,” the sheriff said.
Doug Morrison stole her F-150 pickup truck and led deputies on a chase into Marietta where Marietta Police joined the chase. Morrison made it on the Interstate 77 bridge heading south into West Virginia where West Virginia authorities took over the chase which led briefly into Belpre, before returning to West Virginia. The chase ended when Morrison ran over road spikes put down by deputies and wrecked his truck on the railroad tracks along West Virginia 892 near DuPont Washington, W.Va., Works. He was treated and released from Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.
Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt was involved in aspects of the chase, trying to make sure the suspect did not flee down a side road.
Morrison will face multiple charges on both sides of the Ohio River.
Merritt commended all of the officers involved from Washington County, Marietta and Belpre to the agencies in West Virginia, including the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police, and Vienna and Parkersburg Police, in conducting a professional operation.
“There was great participation by everyone involved,” Merritt said Sunday.