High-speed chase ends in Bridgeport


BRIDGEPORT — A car that had been reported stolen led law enforcement on a chase that exceeded 90 mph on U.S. 40 through Bridgeport on Tuesday evening before it crashed into a sheriff’s department cruiser.

No one was injured, but the suspect, William James Carr, 40, of Wheeling, is being held in the Belmont County Jail. He faces charges of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, possession of drugs, driving under the influence, driving under suspension, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property.

He is being held in lieu of $1,890 bond and is expected to appear in Belmont County Northern Division Court.

“This started, a dispatch around 5:30 p.m. (Tuesday) night. Dispatch actually got a call from the owner. This car was reported stolen,” Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas said. “911 gave a call (that the vehicle was spotted on U.S. 40 in Pease Township). The deputy picked it up and it turned into a pursuit. The (Ohio) State Highway Patrol was involved, and it ended up in the yard of a resident on National Road. It was in excess of 90 mph.”

The sheriff said Bridgeport police officers were also involved in the pursuit.

“The first officer to try to stop the vehicle, it did slow down and pull over. When the officer exited the vehicle, they immediately took off and that’s where the pursuit started. It went up and down 40,” he said.

Lucas said Carr allegedly turned his car in front of a cruiser driven by Deputy Greg Sanders.

“One of our cars got hit and damage to it,” Lucas said. “He’s trying to elude and evade, so he turned in front of (Sanders’) path, which caused the accident.”

Lucas said a crack pipe and a pill believed to be Suboxone were found in the vehicle.

“They impounded the vehicle and it was towed. From the vehicle, they found some drug paraphernalia,” Lucas said.

Lucas noted a woman was in the vehicle with Carr, but she was not charged. He added that events like this place all those involved in danger.

“Every time one of our cars crashes, it’s a potential of my officer getting hurt,” he said.