CHESHIRE — Two people were flown to a Huntington-area hospital on Tuesday night after a high-speed pursuit that began in Gallipolis ended in a crash near the Gallia-Meigs county line.
Holly K. Rose, 33, of Vinton County, and Richard E. Camp, 33, of Albany, are facing various charges, including fleeing and eluding, illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, and possession of drugs. Rose, the driver of the vehicle, is also facing a charge of aggravated vehicular assault, following the incident on Tuesday evening.
According to the report filed with the Gallipolis Police Department, the pursuit began in Gallipolis after an officer with the police department received information that a female — identified as Rose — who had an active bench warrant for her arrest, was at Walmart in Gallipolis and had purchased pseudoephedrine — a precursor ingredient in the production of methamphetamine.
At approximately 8:30 p.m., the officer observed Rose and a male, later identified as Camp, leave Walmart via the general merchandise doors.
The pair walked toward a silver 2002 Mazda Protegé and entered the vehicle, with Rose in the driver’s seat and Camp in the passenger’s seat.
After the vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at the most-northern exit at Walmart plaza and continued north on Ohio 7, the officer, who was following the vehicle, attempted to conduct a traffic stop.
The vehicle, that had traveled into Ohio River Plaza, stopped in the Rural King parking lot. However, as the officer exited his cruiser and walked toward the suspect vehicle, he noticed that the car was not in the “parked” position, and it slowly began to move forward as he approached.
After giving the driver three commands to put the vehicle in “park,” Rose reportedly refused to comply and accelerated toward the south-side exit of Ohio River Plaza.
After failing to stop at a second stop sign, the car turned right back onto Ohio 7, traveling north, and maneuvered into the center turning lane, passing approximately 20 vehicles at speeds reaching 100 mph, according to the report.
As the officer approached the on-ramp at the Silver Memorial Bridge, he observed a large dust cloud and several cars off the side of the road, as it was later learned that the suspect vehicle had traveled over the fog line and off the roadway as it passed the vehicles at that location. The silver car also reportedly struck a blue-colored Chevrolet Silverado and continued to travel north on Ohio 7 at a high-rate of speed.
Due to the traffic, the officer reportedly lost sight of the suspect vehicle near the Silver Memorial Bridge, but continued northward until he observed a trooper with the Gallipolis Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol near the intersection of George’s Creek Road.
The trooper had his emergency lights on, and the Gallipolis officer was advised by dispatch that Ohio State High Patrol (OSHP) units were following the suspect vehicle. The officer continued to follow the OHSP units as the pursuit continued along Ohio 7, through the village of Cheshire and into Meigs County, where the vehicle turned onto Story’s Run Road and traveled back into Gallia County.
The pursuit covered approximately 10 more miles before the suspect reportedly lost control of her vehicle and struck two trees on Jessie Creek Road.
Due to their possible life-threatening injuries, Gallia County EMS was dispatched to the scene to treat the crash victims. Both parties were reportedly removed from their vehicle and transported to the Old River Valley High School in Cheshire, where they were met by air medical units. They were then transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.
According to the report, as officers were assisting the crash victims, they observed items inside and outside of the vehicle that are precursor ingredients in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including lithium batteries and several bottles of Coleman fuel.
Those items were seized as evidence. It was also later learned by officers that an air medical unit treating Camp had allegedly located prescription narcotics inside the patient’s boot. These items were also later seized by officers and are awaiting transportation to the Ohio Bureau Criminal Identification and Investigation laboratory for analysis.
Calls placed to Cabell Huntington Hospital concerning the condition of the Rose and Camp were not returned as of press time.
Further information on this case will be released as it is made available by officials.