After reportedly seeing a vehicle fail to signal while turning, an officer attempted to stop it, but the vehicle accelerated, with the driver stopping long enough to pay the toll at the Newell Bridge then continuing on, watching the officer continuously in his side mirror. He went through a red light at the end of the bridge and turned towards Chester, holding his finger out the window as though telling the officer to "hold on a minute," according to reports. The driver, identified as Thomas B. Wells, 29, Ohio River Boulevard, Chester, was ordered out of the vehicle at gunpoint. He reportedly told the officer his license is suspended, he thought he had a warrant, and he wanted to get his car home so it wouldn't get towed. Chester police officers and Hancock County deputies also arrived on the scene, including the county's K-9 officers, with the canine alerting on the vehicle. Wells admitted to officers there was a loaded needle between the seats, and the officers retrieved it, saying it contained suspected heroin. City police charged Wells with driving under suspension, no seat belt, failure to signal, a stop sign violation and expired license plates, as well as failure to comply with a police order. Hancock County deputies advised there was a warrant for Wells out of Weirton and took him into custody on the warrant, also charging him with possession of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments. His vehicle was towed.
Responding to a report of an intoxicated man with a knife threatening people on Fairview Street, officers said William E. Show, 32, Fairview Street, was standing in the street with two women. He was reportedly barely able to stand and smelled of alcohol and was charged with disorderly conduct/intoxication.