Man arrested in chase that crossed state lines

PARKERSBURG – A police chase that went back and forth from Ohio to West Virginia ended Saturday in front of the DuPont Washington Works plant.

The incident started in Washington County at a home on Ohio 26 when Douglas Lynn Morrison, 50, of Washington, W.Va., had agreed to pick up some of his belongings from his ex-wife, Gina, according to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Morrison allegedly showed up drunk and threatened his ex-wife. She fled to a neighbor’s house and called 911, Mincks said.

“He was intoxicated and she feared for her life,” the sheriff said.

Doug Morrison stole her F-150 pick-up truck and led deputies on a chase into Marietta where Marietta Police joined the chase. Morrison made it on the Interstate 77 bridge heading south into West Virginia where West Virginia authorities took over the chase which led briefly into Belpre, Ohio before returning to West Virginia.

The chase ended when Morrison ran over road spikes put down by deputies and wrecked his truck on the railroad tracks along West Virginia 892 near DuPont Washington Works. He was treated and released from Camden Clark Medical Center.

Wood County Chief Deputy Shawn Graham said Morrison was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court on charges of fleeing while driving under the influence and a warrant and was released on $5,500 bond.

Wood County Sheriff Ken Merritt was involved in aspects of the chase, trying to make sure the suspect did not flee down a side road. Merritt commended all of the officers involved from Washington County, Marietta and Belpre to the agencies in West Virginia, including the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police, the Vienna Police Department, and the Parkersburg Police Department, in conducting a professional operation, one of the best he has seen in all his years in law enforcement.

“There was great participation by everyone involved,” Merritt said Sunday. “It was well coordinated to the point the spikes were put out and he was able to be apprehended.”