Wintersville officer on leave after trooper chase

WINTERSVILLE – Village Police Sgt. Shawn T. Gegick is on paid leave after he tried to flee an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper while on an ATV and allegedly driving drunk.

A trooper saw Gegick on county Road 22A around 1:44 a.m. on March 9. The patrol reported Gegick took off on the ATV at speeds reaching 60 mph. The chase lasted 1.8 miles when Gegick tried to turn off county Road 24 and rolled the ATV over, the patrol reported.

Gegick was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and failure to control.

Patrol Lt. Joseph Fetty said the case was taken to the county prosecutor’s office for consideration of a charge of failure to comply with the order of a police officer. The charge can either be a felony or misdemeanor.

County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said today she is attempting to get a special prosecutor to handle the case. Hanlin said her office has open cases involving Gegick as a police officer and there would be a conflict of interest.

Village Police Chief Ed Laman said Gegick is on paid leave pending the outcome of his case.

Gegick has not made an initial appearance on the OVI charge in Wintersville county court, according to court records.