Parkersburg woman accused of theft, fleeing from police

PARKERSBURG — Ann Kami Hinzman, 31, of 2805 Birch St. No. 30, Parkersburg, a suspect from Tuesday morning’s police chase, was arraigned Wednesday in Wood County Magistrate Court on charges of fleeing in a vehicle and possession of stolen property.

Hinzman is being held in the North Central Regional Jail on a $15,000 cash bond.

The pursuit began around 3:08 a.m. Tuesday in Marietta and traveled through Wood County into Ritchie County outside the Pennsboro exit of U.S. 50.

The owner of the 1984 Dodge truck said he had stopped at the GoMart at 820 Pike St., Marietta, Marietta Police Capt. Aaron Nedeff said. He went inside and Hinzman, who was a passenger, took the truck, Nedeff said.

After the theft was reported, an officer spotted the truck going onto the Interstate 77 ramp at Pike Street and heading south, Nedeff said.

“We pursued it to Route 50, and then Wood County took over,” he said.

Sgt. R.D. Windland of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department was on U.S. 50 when the truck exited onto U.S. 50, police said. The truck was speeding into the intersection, ignoring the red light, then slide to a stop before heading east on U.S. 50, police said. Windland became the lead officer in the pursuit, with three other officers in pursuit as well.

The pursuit continued into Ritchie County, where Hinzman “eventually ended up losing control of the vehicle,” said Ritchie County Sheriff’s Deputy J.C. Egan.

According to the police report, Hinzman came within two feet of striking a parked water tanker truck, before exiting U.S. 50 at the Ellenboro exit. While exiting, Hinzman did not stop at the stop sign at the bottom of the ramp, police said, and almost hit a road sign. Hinzman then got back onto U.S. 50 eastbound where her “erratic driving behavior” continued, police said, causing her to lose control of the truck. The truck crossed the median and crashed into the embankment on the westbound side.

Hinzman was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center for an apparent back injury after the crash, police said.