Police chase, arrest car theft suspect

PARKERSBURG – A stolen vehicle was involved in a police chase and arrest in the early hours of Tuesday morning, officials said.

Evan B. Tingler, 26, of 907 13th St., Parkersburg, was arrested for felony grand larceny, felony fleeing in a vehicle, misdemeanor fleeing on foot and misdemeanor obstructing an officer on Tuesday, said Trooper First Class C.S. Jackson with the Wood County detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

Tingler was arrested and arraigned at Wood County Magistrate Court, where he failed to post $150,000 bond and was taken to North Central Regional Jail to await trial.

Jackson located a stolen vehicle at approximately 12:02 a.m. Tuesday, traveling west on West Virginia 47 in Wood County. The vehicle, a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis, had been reported as stolen from Parkersburg last Thursday, Jackson said.

Tingler was allegedly driving the vehicle when it was located. Tingler fled from Jackson when emergency lights were activated in an attempt to pull him over, Jackson said.

Tingler was chased down W.Va. 47 for some distance before he turned onto Cedar Grove Road, Jackson said. Some distance down Cedar Grove Road, Tingler ditched the vehicle and fled on foot into the woods, he said.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office and additional troopers from the West Virginia State Police were summoned to the area to search for Tingler, including a WVSP K9 officer, Jackson said.

The dog took law enforcement officers to the entrance of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, close to the intersection of W.Va. 47 and Swisher Lane, where the dog signaled someone was near a parked pickup truck, Jackson said.

Officers located Tingler hiding beneath the truck, he said.

Tingler was transported to Camden Clark Medical Center for medical clearance and released back into police custody, Jackson said.

Tingler was arrested without further incident and arraigned at magistrate court early on Tuesday morning, Jackson said.