GALLIPOLIS — A police cruiser was involved in a crash late on Thursday night in Gallipolis following a multi-county pursuit that originated in Henderson, W.Va.
Reportedly, a police car operated by an officer with Gallipolis Police Department who was aiding in the pursuit was struck by the suspect’s black Ford pickup truck just prior to 10 p.m. on Thursday night.
According to officers at the scene, the pursuit began in Henderson in the Redmond Ridge area after the vehicle failed to stop for a speeding violation. The pursuit continued across the Silver Memorial Bridge and into Gallia County where the driver of the suspect vehicle fled onto Ohio 160 and back into the City of Gallipolis.
Once there, the vehicle traveled down Fourth Avenue and across to the intersection of Third Avenue and Vine Street where it struck the cruiser after traveling across a stop stick device. The pursuit continued up First Avenue and ended at the intersection of Court Street where the vehicle stopped and the suspect exited the vehicle to surrender.
According to Gallipolis law enforcement, Jonathon Beaver, 31, of Huntington, W.Va., was arrested for Felony Fleeing and Eluding and Felonious Assault of a Police Officer. It was also discovered that Beaver has a warrant in Mason County, W.Va. for Operating a Clandestine Drug Lab. The names of two female passengers have not been released.
No injuries were reported by the officials on scene.
Agencies involved in the pursuit were the West Virginia State Police, the Mason County Sheriff's Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Gallipolis Police Department and the Gallia County Sheriff's Office.