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One Arrested After Chase Ends on Route 2

Chase Reportedly Includes Warrants, Drugs, and Alcohol before Ending on Route 2

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UPDATE AS OF 12:30PM, FRIDAY: 

According to an Ohio County criminal complaint; Dawn Marie Tibbs, 43, was arrested following a pursuit from Belmont County that went through Ohio County to Marshall County, and ended back in Ohio County.

The complaint states; Officers in Bethlehem joined Belmont County deputies in trying to bring the black Chevy Silverado, with West Virginia plates to a stop in the area of Valley Boulevard, late Thursday night.

Officers with the Wheeling Police Department and Ohio County Sheriff's Office then joined in on the chase in the area of 26th Street and headed south on Route 2 hitting speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. The complaint said; Tibbs weaved in and out of traffic during this portion of the pursuit and would veer off towards exits along the highway, in an effort to get officers off of her tail.

The suspect is then said to have taken the Marshall Avenue exit in Benwood where speeds hit up to 75 miles per hour in a residential area. Police officers were initially advised by dispatch that a passenger in the vehicle may have been kidnapped. Once on track to get back onto Route 2 Northbound, Officer said they noticed the passenger door fly open; as if someone was going to jump out, but the car was going too fast. The chase continued onto Route 2 North.

Wheeling Police were notified that the chase was heading back towards the city and officers with the agency deployed spike strips in the area of the Marshall, Ohio County line. The vehicle then came to a stop on Route 2 Northbound just above 26th Street, in Wheeling after 3 tires had gone flat as a result of the spike strips.

Police then took the suspect to the ground and that's when she was identified. 

Police then said, in the complaint; they found a crack pipe loaded with "Chor-Boy", two open cans of beer, and four sealed cans of beer. While Tibbs was being processed, the criminal complaint said she admitted to just smoking crack cocaine about three hours before her arrest. Police said she also told them she had picked up more crack cocaine, but did not smoke it and she threw it out of the window during the chase.

Gibbs is now being charged with a felony count of reckless fleeing in a vehicle, and had a warrant for the unlawful taking of a vehicle, as well as a warrant for domestic assault. She was arraigned Friday morning by Ohio County Magistrate Patty Murphy and was placed on a $10,000 bond and waiting arraignment in Marshall County before Magistrate David Buzzard.

Tibbs was already involved in another case that dated back to January 15, in Marshall County where she was being charged with driving while suspended, possession of a controlled substance, and obstructing an officer. That case was being heard before Magistrate David McLaughlin.


UPDATED: Ohio County Sheriff, Pat Butler said; Dawn Marie Tibbs, 43, has been arrested for the multi-state chase.

As of early Friday morning, Tibbs remained in the Northern Regional Jail.



One woman is behind bars after a chase late Thursday night crossed state lines, ending in West Virginia.

Details are limited but Ohio County Sheriff dispatchers tell 7News it started in Ohio and ended on Route 2 near the 26th street exit in Wheeling around 11 pm.

The woman driving was arrested on charges of reckless fleeing of a vehicle.

Her name hasn't been released but as any new information is provided to us we'll keep you updated.

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