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Ellington Free on Bond Following Arrest for DUI and Weapon Counts

January 18, 2014
By FRED CONNORS - Senior Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Christopher Ellington is free after posting bond after allegedly running over several street signs and parking meters- and carrying a concealed weapon -Thursday in Wheeling.

On Friday, Ohio County Magistrate Joe Roxby set bond at $4,000, which Ellington later posted.

Officers responded to a 3:16 a.m. call regarding a large dark truck running over a stop sign at 24th and Jacob streets, as well as several other street signs and a parking meters along Main Street. Officers arrested Ellington, 29, formerly of Dallas, Texas, and now living in Wheeling, after finding his dark gray Toyota Tundra in the 2700 block of Eoff Street.

A police report said officers determined Ellington was intoxicated and also found a loaded Springfield .40 caliber pistol in the cab of his truck. According to the report, five patrol officers and a supervisor responded to the call.

"Upon checking the Centre Wheeling area, officers found where the suspect had run over approximately eight road signs and one parking meter on Jacob, Eoff and Main streets," the report states.

The police incident report alleges officers found paint evidence on Ellington's truck and tire tracks found in the snow around the downed street signs match the tread pattern on his truck.

He is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, carrying a concealed weapon and destruction of property.

 
 

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