Assault Suspect Flees, Dies in Car Crash Near Main Street in Wheeling
WHEELING — One person is dead after reportedly fleeing from a disturbance at a local bar and crashing a truck into a North Wheeling garage.
According to Wheeling police, officers were sent to Generations Restaurant at about 2:10 a.m. Sunday for a disturbance call. Upon arrival, a truck fled the lot with no lights on and officers were told that the driver was the suspect in multiple assaults.
The driver of the truck appeared as if they were going to crash into police cruisers but did not. However, a collision occurred between two cruisers and two officers received minor injuries. They were treated and released from Wheeling Hospital.
According to reports, officers lost sight of the truck and while searching the area for it, were notified of a crash on Pike Street, near Main Street in North Wheeling.
When officers arrived, they found that the truck had crashed into a garage with the occupant dead inside the vehicle. The driver’s name had not been released as of late Sunday.
The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash of the police cruisers and the fatal crash, with the assistance of the Wheeling Police Department’s crash reconstruction team. Sheriff Tom Howard could not be reached Sunday for comment.
Officials said three people were treated at Wheeling Hospital for injuries received from the assault at Generations.
Main Street was closed for several hours while the fatal crash was reconstructed and the vehicle was extricated from the building.
The Wheeling Fire Department, American Electric Power, West Virginia Division of Highways, Wheeling Operations Department and several wrecker companies assisted.
Notification of the next of kin related to the fatal crash is being handled by the Sheriff’s Office. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger clarified that officers did not pursue the driver after the crash involving the two cruisers.
“Even though the subject fled, we were not actively pursuing this person,” he said.