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High-speed chase ends in Ridgeley

March 16th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

 The Cumberland Times News reports a police pursuit from Wiley Ford to Ridgeley reaching speeds up to 90 miles per hour along Alternate Route 28 ended late Sunday when the fleeing suspect struck a parked vehicle on Bridge Street and then ran from the scene. West Virginia State Police said a traffic stop was initiated on the  vehicle on Route 28 in Wiley Ford just after 11 p.m., when the driver drove away at a high rate of speed. State police pursued the vehicle from Wiley Ford onto Alternate Route 28 where speeds in the pursuit reached 90 miles per hour. The pursuit extended into the town of Ridgeley on side streets before the driver traveled onto Bridge Street where his vehicle became airborne and then struck and disabled a parked vehicle. The driver, Eric Russell Mellott, 27, of Springfield, fled on foot. Two passengers in the Mellott vehicle — a 2004 Chevy Malibu — were not injured and were not charged with any offenses. Mellott, who apparently was not injured, was arrested without incident on the Blue Bridge when he was confronted by West Virginia State Police with assistance of the Cumberland Police Department. He was charged with the felony offense of recklessly fleeing. Late Monday morning, Mellott was jailed at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta awaiting a hearing before a Mineral County magistrate.

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January 27th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Allegany County Sheriff Deputies and Maryland State Police Officers were enroute to the scene of a domestic situation on Old Dans Rock Road in Midland Sunday evening when they learned that the suspect was in possession of a fire arm and had discharged it in the area. Officers passed the suspect as he traveled down Old Dans Rock Road and were able to determine the direction travel. The suspect fled down interstate 68 towards Cumberland with officers in pursuit. The suspect entered Ridgeley where he struck a sherriffs department cruiser twice before being taken into custody. The fire arm was located in the suspects vehicle.

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