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City man charged in high speed chase

June 5, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING - A Steubenville man was involved in a high-speed chase early today that crossed state lines and ended in multiple charges.

James Snyder, 29, was charged with speeding, operating a vehicle under the influence and driving under suspension.

Snyder was spotted at 3:44 a.m. today walking out of an establishment near 15th and Jacob streets by Wheeling Police Lt. Mike Anderson.

Police said the man tossed a bottle into the air, entered a vehicle and made an illegal u-turn onto the sidewalk.

Wheeling Police indicated Anderson then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle because of the various indicators and that's when Snyder "fled erratically at a high rate of speed."

Snyder disregarded stop signs and red lights and crossed into Ohio. The chase reached speeds of more than 120 miles per hour, according to officials.

Sgt. Don Britton of Ohio State Highway Patrol, St. Clairsville Post, said they were called for backup once Snyder crossed state lines.

He said Wheeling Police chased Snyder into Ohio on Interstate 70, where Snyder took the state Route 9 exit into St. Clairsville.

After making a right onto Route 9, Snyder took another right onto Thompson Avenue, then turned left onto High Street. After turning right onto Dennis Lane, the vehicle crashed into a tree, according to reports.

St. Clairsville Police handled the crash.

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