Washington County chase suspect charged and in custody

STANLEYVILLE, Ohio - UPDATE 2/16/2017, 9:30 P.M

One man is in custody after leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended after he fled on foot.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, here's how it all started.

At about 3:30 p.m. on Colegate Drive and Hadley Lane, a Marietta Post Highway Patrol Trooper attempted to stop a Ford F-250 pickup for failing to stop at a stop sign.

Instead of complying, the driver, 21-year-old Tanner Smith, took off.

Smith led the trooper on a high-speed chase during which the truck struck a utility pole on Caywood Road and drove through several fences.

The chase eventually ended on Zimmer road, where Smith left his truck and ran into a field.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene to help in the search, as well as a State Highway Patrol helicopter, a patrol canine, and members of the Highway Patrol Special Response Team.

The canine tracked Smith down close to where he abandoned his car.

He's charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence, failure to stop at a stop sign, possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, criminal damaging; fleeing and eluding; failure to wear a seatbelt and for not having a driver's license.

He's currently in the Washington County Jail.

UPDATE (2/16/2017, 6:11 p.m.) - Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says a suspect who ran from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Washington County Sheriffs officers Thursday evening has been captured and is being treated for "exposure to the elements."

The Highway Patrol says a trooper attempted to pull over a car at Colegate and Green Streets in Marietta.

Instead of complying, the driver took off.

Troopers say the vehicle went off road at Route 26, up Caywood Road.
A K-9 unit is currently on scene of a private location in Stanleyville with a perimeter set up.

Sheriff Larry Mincks says he got the call just after 3:30 p.m. today to assist in the chase.

We will bring you new details on this chase as soon as they become available.

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