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Man facing charges after Washington County chase

MARIETTA — A pursuit on Wednesday evening north of Beverly resulted in a man being taken into custody by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, according to Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Robert Wells, 39, last known address of 3491 State Route 60, McConnelsville, according to court records from a previous sentencing in January, was under active surveillance by the Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force for being a person of interest in multiple cases, such as large-scale burglaries and theft of equipment, according to Mincks.

The task force had been actively monitoring a residence in Beverly, where law enforcement had inferred Wells was staying.

When the Washington County Sheriff’s Office attempted to perform a traffic stop on Wells, he proceeded to begin a chase that led north on Ohio 60 and involved multiple law enforcement units, according to Mincks.

“He then went out into a field, got hung up, jumped out of his truck and went running,” he said.

According to Mincks, in addition to the WCSO, officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Beverly Police Department, a drone unit and a helicopter were all part of the pursuit as Wells fled on foot.

Mincks stated that the helicopter was able to follow Wells with a spotlight during the manhunt until he was finally seized by the WCSO on the ground.

Wells was being held in custody at the Washington County Jail for parole violation and additional charges are pending, according to Mincks.

Wells will be arraigned in Marietta Municipal Court for these charges, he said.

Previous news coverage states that Wells had pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of theft and one count of tampering with evidence for previous charges in Washington County Common Pleas Court in November 2019. He was sentenced to 180 days in Washington County Jail on Jan. 9, 2020.

Jenna Pierson may be reached at jpierson@newsandsentinel.com

Janelle Patterson may be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com

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