WOODSFIELD - The Monroe County Sheriff's Department identified Greg Dugas as the man who crashed a stolen vehicle into an East Wheeling home following a police chase Monday and then evaded capture by fleeing on foot.
A sheriff's deputy arrested Dugas, 43, of Missouri during a traffic stop on Thursday. According to Sheriff Charles Black, Dugas was a passenger in the vehicle and the deputy recognized him.
Dugas provided the deputy with a false name, Black said, before running from the vehicle. He was quickly captured and taken into custody.
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Wheeling police check out a stolen vehicle that crashed into a Baltimore Street house Monday after a high-speed chase.
Black said Dugas will be charged with theft of a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine, which was allegedly found the drug on Dugas during the arrest.
Dugas was working in the natural gas industry and living at a camp site near the victim's residence, Black said. Sometime overnight Monday, Dugas allegedly stole the Ford Excursion from a residence on Keylor Hill Road, just outside of Woodsfield.
The chase began at about 10:30 a.m. the following morning when Wheeling police spotted the stolen vehicle. Dugas allegedly drove the SUV eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70. He 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 he crashed into a house on Baltimore Street before fleeing.
At one point, Dugas reportedly 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. A K-9 unit also was put into service, searching the wooded areas along the jogging path and the area where the vehicle crashed, but officers were unable to locate Dugas.
Additional charges could still be filed in Ohio County.