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Stabbing suspect arrested after car chase

COLERAIN — The suspect in a July 25 stabbing in Brookside was arrested Thursday after a pursuit down U.S. 250, ending in a car crash at a cemetery.

Law enforcement had been searching for Joshua Snider, 46, of Bridgeport through the week, following the alleged stabbing at a Patterson Road residence. The victim was hospitalized. An argument with the other man reportedly led up to the altercation.

Belmont County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy James Zusack said law enforcement attempted to arrest Snider and a passenger, Derek James Vargo, 40, of Bridgeport.

“We got information they were traveling in a vehicle in the Colerain area — spotted by deputies on U.S. 250. When they tried to stop the vehicle it went off of 250 onto Old Cadiz Road, which is Township Road 700. With the speeds on that road it was going too fast, lost control and went over an embankment onto Weeks Cemetery.

And because they crashed in the cemetery, destroyed 10 headstones,” Zusack said.

He said speeds in the chase reached about 65 mph on U.S. 250 and 45 mph on Old Cadiz Road.

Snider is being held on charges of second-degree felony felonious assault stemming from the stabbing incident; third-degree felony failure to comply with the order of a police officer; fifth-degree felony vandalism of a cemetery; second-degree misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments; and second-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Vargo was charged with possession of methamphetamines, a felony of the fifth degree.

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