Vehicle pursuit ends in arrest

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was arrested Friday afternoon following a vehicle pursuit in Wood and Washington counties involving multiple law enforcement officers.

Wood County Sheriff Rick Woodyard said the incident began about 3:25 p.m. Friday when Home Confinement Officers Gary Michael Deem and Tabatha Hewett were serving a revocation order on Martin Riley Robinson, 47, at 107 Pickering St., Lot A.

Robinson was on home confinement on charges relating to sex offenses pending from Wood County Circuit Court.

Upon officers’ arrival, Robinson reportedly fled the scene on foot and eventually made his way to a Jeep SUV. Robinson continued to flee in the vehicle and struck Deem, who is director of Confinement Operations, with his vehicle.

Deem fired his service weapon one time as the vehicle struck him, Woodyard said. A vehicle pursuit was initiated at that point ending up northbound on Interstate 77.

Deem was treated and released following the incident, Woodyard said.

Members of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and Parkersburg Police Department assisted in the pursuit which eventually crossed the West Virginia state line into Ohio on I-77. Members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol then joined the pursuit of the fleeing vehicle, Woodyard said.

Robinson’s vehicle continued north on I-77 until it reached the 6 mile marker where stop-sticks were deployed by the OSHP. The vehicle lost control and ended up in an area of the roadway right of the fog line prior to the 6-mile marker northbound entrances ramp.

At that point, Robinson refused to exit the vehicle as law enforcement cordoned off the area as well as blocked both lanes of I-77, Woodyard said.

Negotiators from Washington County and the Parkersburg Police attempted to talk Robinson out of the SUV. After several attempts and upon losing final contact with Robinson the Washington County SWAT team used non-lethal means to successfully remove Robinson from the vehicle, he said.

Robinson had a laceration on his neck that was not life-threatening. As of Friday evening, it was not known how the wound was received, Woodyard said.

Robinson was being treated in Washington County as of press time Friday evening where he was being held on several felony charges.

The Parkersburg Police Investigations Division is investigating the crime scene along with criminal charges stemming from the initial escape at 107 Pickering Street.

Robinson is being charged with attempted malicious assault of a government official and fleeing with reckless indifference. Other charges are pending in West Virginia.

“We would like to thank the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Highway Patrol as well as other first responders that assisted in this event,” Woodyard said.


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