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Marietta man gets 90 days in jail for high-speed chase

From staff reports

A 61-year-old Marietta man was sentenced Friday morning to 90 days at the Washington County Jail for fleeing and eluding police.

Robert Bailey of 753 Glendale Road Apt. 2, was also given two years community control by Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth.

“We asked for a year and a half in prison and his attorney asked for probation and community control,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani.

Bailey pleaded guilty on April 2 to one count of failure to comply, a third-degree felony. He could have received up to 36 months in prison.

On June 25, 2019, Belpre Police officers were reportedly dispatched to 1212 Lockwood St., Belpre, in regard to a possible impaired driver in a black Cadillac. When police arrived on-scene, they radioed that Bailey was fleeing in his vehicle eastbound on Lockwood Street with a female passenger in the vehicle.

Bailey failed to stop for a stop sign and continued north on Lee Street. When the police patrolman activated his emergency lights and siren, a pursuit reportedly ensued. Bailey failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of Lee Street and Pomeroy Pike. He also failed to stop at the intersection of Clement Avenue and Ohio 7, continuing north on Ohio 7, reaching speeds of 100 to 120 miles per hour.

When he reached the area of Bramblewood Heights Road, two Washington County Sheriff’s deputies took the lead in the pursuit and the chase ended with Bailey crashing his car at the intersection of the off ramp of Ohio 7 and Virginia Street.

Bailey was ordered at gunpoint to exit his vehicle, which he ignored. He also ignored commands to keep his hands in plain view. Once he was outside of his vehicle, he was handcuffed and taken by squad to Marietta Memorial Hospital’s emergency room where he was later admitted.

Bailey is to report to the jail on Sept. 25.

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