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Men plead guilty after theft, high-speed police chase

Updated: Tuesday, July 29 2014, 05:48 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. -- What began as a high-speed police chase 5 months ago ended in a Hancock County courtroom Tuesday with two guilty pleas from the men who led Brooke County Sherriff Chuck Jackson on that pursuit.
Jackson initially tried to stop Eackle and Cline, who were both speeding in separate vehicles in Follansbee and into Steubenville. Police say one car was stolen, while the other was being used to carry scrap metal that was lifted from Zatta's Auto Sales & Salvage in Wellsburg.
Mitchell Eackle, 25, walked into the courtroom in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, already serving time for the incident that also involved 33-year-old Billy Cline.
"It is ordered that the defendant, Billy J. Cline, is guilty of the felony offenses of grand larceny and conspiracy," Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson said.
Both Steubenville men entered guilty pleas on those charges. They were sentenced to serve 1-10 years.
Eackle has already begun serving his sentence; Cline started his Tuesday.

Two men plead guilty to drug charges
Meanwhile, two men who were caught driving with more than 70 grams of marijuana last October were also sentenced.
Police say 20-year-old Dustin Cox and Zachary Hurst were pulled over in Wellsburg for a traffic stop, which led to an arrest after police discovered several bags of marijuana and cash in the vehicle.
Cox and Hurst entered guilty pleas for possession with the intent to deliver. They were both sentenced to 6 months in jail. That sentence, however, will be suspended after both men serve 30 days.

Men plead guilty after theft, high-speed police chase


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