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Police chase ends in Rayland

BRIDGEPORT — Rod Alwine reportedly led numerous local law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase across the area on Tuesday evening.

“Bridgeport police attempted to make a traffic stop and it ended in a high-speed chase,” Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland said.

At approximately 6:19 p.m. Tuesday, a Bridgeport police officer attempted to make a traffic stop in the village. Alwine, 42, of Bridgeport allegedly fled the scene, leading officers on a high-speed chase throughout Belmont County and into Jefferson County. Police from Bridgeport, Martins Ferry and Mount Pleasant followed the suspect’s car throughout sections of Bridgeport, Martins Ferry, Colerain and Rayland.

“During the chase, the male suspect bailed out of the moving vehicle and fled on foot. There was a collision between the male suspect and my officer,” McFarland said.

The chase ended on Jefferson County Road 107 in Rayland, where police said Alwine ran onto a private lane and into a field. A Martins Ferry police cruiser struck the male suspect as he was fleeing on foot, Lt. Joseph Fetty, commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Steubenville post, said. It is unclear how the crash occurred. The incident is currently under investigation by the patrol, Fetty said.

Alwine was then apprehended by law enforcement officers and flown by medical helicopter to a hospital for treatment injuries sustained from the collision.

Although there are no charges filed as of yet, McFarland said there are “foreseeable charges in the future” stemming from the chase.

Two investigations have derived from the incident, McFarland added. The OSHP is investigating the traffic accident, while the Bridgeport Police Department is heading the investigation in to the criminal proceedings. It is still unclear as to why the suspect fled from police originally.

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