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Man accused of hit-and-run in stolen car

Updated: Thursday, September 5 2013, 05:15 PM EDT

By: NEWS9 and Jon Rudder

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio --

Police said a man is in jail after he stole a car, caused a hit-and-run crash, then fled from police while tossing drugs from his pockets.

Chavez Chambliss was arrested in St. Clairsville and faces several charges, including hit-skip, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing official business, possession of drugs, resisting arrest, driving with a suspended operator's license, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Police said Chambliss struck another vehicle and fled the scene around 6 p.m. Wednesday on the 800 block of Vine Street, in Martins Ferry. There were no reported injuries.

Martins Ferry police responded to a call reporting the hit-and-run, and they found the vehicle believed to be involved and saw Chambliss, who matched the description of the driver.

"They approached him; he identified himself. He admitted to the officers of driving the vehicle and causing an accident and fleeing. At that time, officers advised him, 'You're under arrest; you'll have to have a seat in the back of a patrol car,'" Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland said.

But instead, police said, Chambliss took off. While he was running away, he threw drug paraphernalia and plastic baggies containing prescription pills from of his pockets, police said.

"Even the officers were able to obtain the items that he was discharging out of his pockets. In the clear plastic bags were prescription drugs," McFarland said.

They were able to find him once again, then lost track of him near Hill Street.

Around 12:24 a.m. Thursday, Martins Ferry police received a call that St. Clairsville police arrested Chambliss after identifying him. Officials said Chambliss tried to run again, but police were able to take him into custody.

Chambliss remained in the Belmont County Jail as of Thursday afternoon.

Man accused of hit-and-run in stolen car


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