Man charged after hour-long chase

STEUBENVILLE — A Colliers, W.Va., man was taken into custody Wednesday by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department after a 27.5-mile, hour-long chase that began on state Route 7 outside Mingo Junction around 4 a.m.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department has charged Michael A. Colley, 31, of Stilson Lane, Colliers, with fleeing while driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance and various moving violations, including speeding, failure to yield, stop sign violation and no operator’s license.

He is being held in the Northern Regional Jail, and his case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

Wells Township Police reported receiving a call of a drunk driver on state Route 7. A township police officer and an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper got behind the suspected vehicle, which took off when the cruiser lights were activated.

The patrol reported the chase went into Steubenville, where Colley drove the wrong way on state Route 7 from Third Street to University Boulevard. The patrol attempted to block Colley’s vehicle, but he drove into the grass at the bridge entrance and temporarily became stuck. A trooper said Colley then crossed into West Virginia and drove on state Route 2 to Archer Heights, the Cross Creek area and back through Follansbee.

Colley then drove north on state Route 2 into Weirton, where he was stopped by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department on Elmer Avenue in Weirton.

The chase began at 3:52 a.m. and ended at 4:50 a.m., according to the Jefferson County 911 center.