Suspect Pleads Guilty to Police Chase, Scuffle

Damion Green on Thursday admitted to reaching for a police officer’s gun last summer during a scuffle that followed a vehicle chase that started in Bridgeport and ended in Wheeling.

Green, 36, of Wheeling pleaded guilty to charges of reckless fleeing in a vehicle and attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer. Ohio County Circuit Judge David Sims subsequently sentenced Green to serve 1-5 years in prison on each count. The judge ordered those terms to run concurrently

Green also was given credit for time served. He has been lodged in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville since July 10.

In exchange for Green’s guilty plea on Thursday, Ohio County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Olejasz dismissed the two remaining counts of assault on a law enforcement officer that were also brought against Green.

Olejasz said he was told by the Bridgeport Police Department that they will not seek any charges against Green after he completes his prison sentence in West Virginia, but noted he has not been in contact with the Belmont County Prosecutor’s Office.

“I made a bad decision, but I’m not a bad person,” Green told Sims. “But I do understand being punished for something that I’ve done.”

Around 1:45 a.m. July 10, Bridgeport police officers tried to stop Green’s vehicle in Kirkwood Heights after they watched him run a stop sign. Green sped away in the 2002 Ford Escort, running more stop signs and at one point driving on the wrong side of the road.

Green eventually entered the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70. Bridgeport police continued to chase the suspect’s vehicle as he sped across the Fort Henry Bridge and exited the highway onto Main Street in downtown Wheeling.

He continued onto Market Street, where Wheeling police officers joined the chase. At the intersection of Eighth and Market streets, just north of the Wheeling Tunnel, Green abandoned his vehicle.

A Bridgeport officer caught up with Green shortly after, and a physical struggle ensued between the two, with Green reaching for the officer’s gun. Green was ultimately subdued and taken into custody.