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Marietta pursuit ends in Boaz crash

BOAZ — A high-speed pursuit in Marietta ended in the backyard of a Boaz home.

Marietta Police Department Chief Rodney Hupp said around 9 a.m. Monday an officer noticed “suspicious activity” in a silver Chevy in Marietta and went to speak with the driver and three passengers. The officer noticed drug paraphernalia and while speaking to Christopher William Scott Browning, 31, of Reedsville in Meigs County, Ohio, Browning allegedly drove off, triggering the pursuit.

“In the process of driving away and while fleeing, (Browning) threw paraphernalia, drug abuse equipment and small quantities of drugs out the window,” Hupp said. “These were subsequently located and taken into evidence.”

Wood County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. D. Cross said police from Marietta and Williamstown pursued the vehicle south on West Virginia Route 14 toward Vienna, and sheriff’s deputies attempted to block the route.

According to scanner traffic, the driver reached speeds of 80 mph during the pursuit, and eventually tried to turn on to a private drive in between Doolin Drive and Meadowlark Drive in Boaz. The driver lost control, crashing through a wooden fence and into the back yard of 343 North Meadowlark Drive before coming to a stop.

“They crashed before any of our guys got there,” Cross said.

The car crashed into a wooden swing set and playplace. Children’s toys were strewn around the wreck.

“There were two small children in the backyard at the time, but luckily they were not on the swingset,” Cross said. No injuries were reported, Cross said.

Hupp said Browning attempted to flee the scene on foot but was apprehended. Hupp said Browning was the only person in the car “arrested in connection with the incident.”

Additional details were not immediately available, and Hupp said charges were pending against Browning.

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