Suspect flees, fights police in Bellaire

BELLAIRE – Two village police officers were assaulted and injured late Monday while arresting a multi-state convicted felon with a long history of resisting arrest, burglary, domestic violence and weapons violations.

Shortly after midnight Lt. William Shallcross and Ptl. Kevin Yates spotted two subjects in the Delta Concrete area from the 3800 block of Jefferson Street. The officers told the subjects to come to the cruiser as the property they were on has been the subject of thefts and vandalism. One subject, Mark Lee Paugh, 41, of 3634 1/2 Noble St., Bellaire, fled toward the 41st Street area of Circle K, where Ptl. James Hunt tried to apprehend him.

According to reports, Paugh was swinging violently at Hunt and was tasered. He continued to fight and struck Yates. As Yates and Hunt tried to take him to the ground, Paugh had to be tasered again and still fought officers as he was finally handcuffed.

Paugh was searched and was found to have more than 20 pills of hydrocodone and .5 grams of cocaine. Neffs Fire Department was called to the scene to remove the probes from the taser. Paugh was transported to the Belmont County Jail and then taken to East Ohio Regional Hospital, medically cleared and returned to jail.

Paugh was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance a Schedule III drug, and possession of cocaine.

Paugh was arrested in 2008 by Bellaire Police for two counts of resisting arrest, domestic violence and a parole violation. Paugh is not originally from the Bellaire area.

Chief Mike Kovalyk commended all the officers for their professional work. He added that the department does well even as it struggles with funding and manpower issues.