Ohio man held on car chase charges

PARKERSBURG – An Ohio man faces charges in several counties after a vehicular chase early Tuesday morning began in Washington County and ended with a crash and arrest in Jackson County.

Chance Robert Seymour, 20, of Belmont, Ohio, was being held in the South Central Regional Jail on Tuesday on a felony charge of fleeing out of Jackson County.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reported Seymour crashed about 2 a.m. Tuesday at the 140 mile marker on Interstate 77 in Jackson County after trying to pass a tractor-trailer in the median. He lost control and flipped over.

Seymour was taken to Jackson General Hospital for minor injuries and placed in the regional jail where he is being held on a $2,500 bond.

The incident began about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in Marietta when the Ohio State Highway Patrol attempted to pull over Seymour’s Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck for speeding. The truck took off into Wood County, getting onto I-77 south and reaching speeds well over 100 miles per hour, police said.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department said a deputy observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and began following the truck, observing it to be driving in both lanes of traffic. The driver then flipped his middle finger out the window to the deputy and began throwing shiny metal objects at the cruiser, hitting the windshield and hood, a press release said.

Wood County deputies chased the truck on the interstate into Jackson County, where the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Ripley Police Department joined in the chase.

Wood County officials said a criminal complaint will be filed in Wood County on charges of fleeing from an officer, reckless driving and speeding. Deputies later learned the vehicle was stolen in Ohio and the OSHP will pursue charges as well.