Chase in Newport; 2 teens held

Two St. Marys, W.Va., teens were arrested, accused of pointing a gun at a Washington County parole officer and then leading the officer on a high-speed chase through Newport Sunday afternoon.

According to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, parole officer Jason Rhodes was traveling in his private vehicle on Hendricks Street in Newport around 1:15 p.m. when he passed a vehicle occupied by two teens.

Mincks said one of the teens was yelling obscenities and making derogatory comments out of the car window at Rhodes while the other teen was driving.

Rhodes reported the vehicle drove down Hendricks Street then turned around. He said the yelling continued and then the passenger in the suspect vehicle pointed a gun at Rhodes and his fiancee who was riding in the parole officer’s vehicle. The firearm was later determined to be an Airsoft Gun.

Rhodes contacted the Washington County dispatcher and reported he would be pursuing the vehicle and that he (Rhodes) was unarmed.

A brief high-speed chase ensued through the streets of Newport, but Rhodes lost track of the suspect’s vehicle.

Later another deputy joined Rhodes and the two arrested the suspects, Aaron R. Robinson, 19, of 505 Washington St., St. Marys, and a 17-year-old juvenile, also from St. Marys.

Robinson was placed in the Washington County Jail on a holder from his probation officer and faces charges of violating probation and driving with a suspended license. Mincks said Robinson also faces a possible charge of reckless operation of a vehicle.

The 17-year-old was charged with delinquency by aggravated menacing and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Washington County Juvenile Center.