Vienna police look for suspect after chase

VIENNA — One suspect is being sought following an early Tuesday morning chase in Vienna, while a suspect in a separate pursuit was arrested after crashing near Pennsboro.

Vienna Police Department Lt. Robert Pifer said a suspect led police on a chase shortly after midnight when police spotted a black pickup truck on Rosemar Road.

“The vehicle was reported stolen in Ritchie County,” he said. “When the officer attempted to make a stop, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed.”

Pifer said the truck was abandoned on Briscoe Settlement Road near Scots Landscape Nursery. Authorities believe the suspect fled into the woods and is still being sought.

Pifer said Vienna police are working with Ritchie County officials to identify potential suspects. No names are being announced at this point, he said.

Those with information are asked to call the Vienna Police Department at 1-304-295-8563.

The second pursuit began around 3:08 a.m. in Marietta and traveled through Wood County into Ritchie County.

Kami Hinzman, 31, of 2805 Birch St. No. 30, Parkersburg, was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center after wrecking the truck she allegedly stole.

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, he 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.

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.

Egan said Ritchie County is investigating a possible charge of driving under the influence against Hinzman. Marietta has requested warrants for fleeing and theft of a vehicle, Nedeff said.

Warrants are also being sought for Hinzman in Wood County, Sheriff Steve Stephens said. The charges had not been released as of Tuesday afternoon.

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