Police Look For Chase Suspect
WHEELING – Police on Monday continued their search for a man who led officers on a vehicle chase through the city, sometimes against oncoming traffic, before he crashed into a home in East Wheeling and fled on foot.
The chase began at about 10:30 a.m. when numerous law enforcement agencies attempted to stop a speeding Ford Excursion that was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70. The vehicle reportedly was stolen Sunday night from Monroe County.
The SUV reportedly struck a vehicle in the Wheeling Tunnel before exiting onto W.Va. 2 and driving into the Goosetown area of East Wheeling. That’s where it crashed into a house at 1218 1/2 Baltimore St. The fire department responded to the crash scene to secure the building.
At one point, the suspect drove onto the city’s jogging trail at Tunnel Green.
A door-to-door search was initiated in the Goosetown area and along McColloch Street in East Wheeling. A K-9 unit also was put into service, searching the wooded areas along the jogging path and the area where the vehicle crashed.
The suspect was described as a white male with dirty blonde hair wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a hat. Police suggested the suspect may have been barefoot as they found shoes in the front seat of the crashed vehicle.
Around 11 a.m. Monday, police were searching the 14th Street area after a resident reported seeing a man fitting the suspect’s description attempt to break into a building. The suspect then was reportedly seen on 12th Street.
Police notified nearby schools and child care facilities to initiate lock-down procedures during the search.
One person went to a local hospital, but it was unclear how the person was injured or the extent of the injuries.