Chase, kidnapping cases in court

More hearings to come Thursday

BELLAIRE — Two defendants, accused of a kidnapping and high-speed car chase, appeared in Belmont County Eastern Division Court Tuesday, with further hearings set for this week.

Jonathan Michael Sampson, 32, of 125 Carter Ave., Tridelphia went before before Judge David Trouten, but no plea was entered. His preliminary hearing was set for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 22. and his bond set at $20,000. The Belmont County Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent him. He is currently lodged at the Belmont County Jail.

Sampson was arrested last week when he allegedly attempted to run down a Bellaire police officer with his vehicle twice then led officers on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash in Yorkville.

According to Bellaire Police Chief Dick Flanagan, law enforcement observed Sampson in his car at a Burger King in Bellaire, and that he had an outstanding warrant from West Virginia. Flanagan described Sampson as a thief attempting to elude his parole officer.

When a Bellaire police officer approached Sampson’s car, he allegedly struck the patrol car with his own, nearly striking the officer. Sampson then allegedly attempted to strike the officer again before reportedly fleeing north on Ohio 7, with Bellaire and Martins Ferry police and highway patrol in pursuit. Speeds reportedly reached close to 100 mph. After crossing into Jefferson County, Sampson allegedly jumped from the moving vehicle, causing a crash, and attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended.

Drug paraphernalia was found, police said.

Sampson was charged with aggravated vehicular assault, failure to comply with a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, two charges of possession of drugs, possesion of drug abuse instruments and criminal damaging.

Also appearing before Trouten Gary Edward Anderson-Myers, 33, of 20202 Regoli Road, Jacobsburg, also appeared before Trouten, facing charges of kidnapping and aggravated burglary. No plea was entered and his preliminary hearing was also set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday. His bond was set at $500,000 and the Belmont County Public Defender was assigned to the case.

He was the subject of a manhunt late last week, after reportedly abducting Jamie L. Jackson, 35, after an apparent domestic dispute at the Belle Village Apartments in Bellaire this past Thursday. Jackson was found unharmed six hours later in the Fulton Hill area of Bellaire. Anderson-Myers was arrested during the weekend. He was booked on charges of kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

According to police, Anderson-Myers was released from the Belmont County Jail last Tuesday after he was arrested Aug. 8 on a warrant charging him with failure to appear.