Bellaire police arrest fugitive

BELLAIRE – A man for whom a Belmont County Western Division Court warrant had been issued 12 years ago was arrested Sunday by Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk in the vicinity of the Francis Wallace Apartments on 41st Street.

Douglas Y. Cochran, 34, of 924 E. Main St. Apt. 224, Washington, Pa., was arrested on the warrant and was taken to the Belmont County Jail.

Kovalyk was patrolling the the area and observed a white Chevrolet with West Virginia plates and the engine running. The subject was lying down in the front seat behind the wheel and appeared to be unconscious.

The chief checked on the well-being of the individual to determine if there was a medical problem He asked the man for his identification as the vehicle had West Virginia plates and was parked in the residents’ parking lot.

Cochran said he had an argument with his wife and was visiting relatives in Apartment 34.

The warrant stems from a failure to appear on a court suspension traffic charge and had a pick-up radius of No. 1, which is interstate extradition. The warrant had a notation of “No bond until contact with a judge” and also a caution of escape history.

Cochran was transported to the Belmont County Jail. He is on parole for drug charges, and the parole authority was automatically notified when he was arrested.

The area where Cochran was apprehended is the same area where just a couple of weeks ago a man was from El Paso, Texas, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for drug charges and a parole violation.