An 18-year-old Ripley, W.Va., man was jailed on felony charges of fleeing and eluding police officers and receiving stolen property after he led local authorities on a high-speed chase through Marietta late Sunday morning.
Dillon Andrew Lee Young also faces several lesser charges, including operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and hit-skip.
Other charges may be pending, according to Patrolman Pat Gragan with the Marietta Police Department.
"The incident was called in as a hit-skip from the BP station on Pike Street," Gragan said. "The caller said a truck had hit a gas pump and gave a description ."
Marietta Police Officer Jon Blasko was first to respond in his cruiser and encountered the red Chevy 2500 pickup at the Get-Go fuel station on Pike Street.
"The truck fled through the Lafayette Center parking lot, then across Jefferson Street to the Kmart lot where he almost struck a pedestrian," Gragan said.
At a glance
Name: Dillon Andrew Lee Young, 18, of Ripley, W.Va.
Felony charges: Fleeing and eluding police officers and receiving stolen property.
Misdemeanor charges: Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, no valid drivers license, and hit-skip.
More charges may be pending.
Source: Marietta City Police
Blasko chased the truck around the lot to the back of the Kmart store, then north on Jefferson and west onto Pike Street.
Gragan joined the chase, along with another city unit and a Ohio Highway Patrol cruiser, at the Pike and Greene streets intersection.
"There were five cruisers chasing the truck by that time," Gragan said.
From Greene the pickup turned north onto Third Street for two blocks, then west on Putnam Street where he struck another vehicle.
At one point while driving along Putnam, Young hit the brakes, causing Blasko's cruiser to rear-end the pickup.
"All this time (Young) kept driving left of center and going all over the roadway to stay ahead of us," Gragan said.
The pursuit continued across the Putnam Bridge where Young ran a red light on the west side of the span and continued to Harmar Street where he made a left turn, drove on to Lord Street, through the CSX Railroad yard onto Market Street, then turned south on Ohio 7.
"Half the time on Ohio 7 he was driving south in the northbound lane," Gragan said. "He just barely missed a couple riding on a motorcycle at one point."
Gragan said the chase included estimated speeds of 50 to 60 mph in town and up to 95 mph along Ohio 7.
"We thought he was going to lose it," he said.
Young proceeded along Ohio 7 to the power plant across the four-lane highway from Eramet Marietta where he tried to drive the pickup through a fence, but did not make it.
He was taken into custody at 11:10 a.m. Sunday and placed in the Washington County Jail. He was scheduled for a hearing this morning in Marietta Municipal Court.
Gragan said a 16-year-old, a relative of Young, was a passenger in the pickup truck. No one was injured during the chase, and vehicle damage was minimal, although Gragan said the pickup, allegedly stolen from a Ripley resident, had to be towed from the scene.
"We want anyone directly impacted by this incident or any witnesses to the chase to please call Marietta City Police (740-376-2007) or stop by the station (301 Putnam St.) and give us a statement. That would greatly help our investigation," Gragan said.
He said drugs are the suspected cause for Young's intoxication, but test results had not been completed by late Sunday afternoon.