UPDATE: Former Meigs County Deputy Facing More Charges

By: Hayley Skene, James Sparvero Email
By: Hayley Skene, James Sparvero Email

UPDATE 6/3/2014 4:40 PM

A former Meigs County deputy faces felony charges in three counties.

34-year-old Robert Tate of Little Hocking was arrested Friday after leading Athens County deputies on a chase ending in Coolville.

He's charged out of Athens with a felony count of fleeing and eluding.

Tate is also accused of not returning his equipment from the Meigs Sheriff's Office and tampering with records in Washington County related to a divorce proceeding.

"He decided to flee police officers. That was his decision. His actions speak for themselves - put it that way. It's sad that he chose what he chose," says Chief Deputy Mark Warden, with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Tate remains in the Washington County Jail.

No date is set for his arraignment, but the sheriff' s office says that should happen on the next available court date.

A fugitive ex-deputy is now in custody in Washington County.

Former Meigs County Sheriff Deputy Robert P. Tate was wanted for theft and resisting arrest.

Authorities say the 34-year-old was fired and refused to turn in his equipment, including uniforms and a bullet proof vest.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says the items were worth $1,000.

Meigs County deputies attempted to meet with Tate Friday.

The ex-deputy is accused of fleeing and wrecking his car in Coolville.

Athens and Washington County deputies helped in the search.

Tate called in to surrender around 4:00 Friday afternoon.

He was arrested without incident.

He is in custody without bond.

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