Chase ends in Northern Panhandle

BURGETTSTOWN — A driver led police on a chase Saturday night through the western edge of Washington County and part of the neighboring West Virginia Panhandle following an attempted traffic stop in Burgettstown.

McDonald police Officer Ryan Drohn said the chase started about 9:30 p.m. when he tried to pull a vehicle over near the intersection of Bridge Street and Route 18.

Drohn said the driver, who he described as an adult man, led police through Hanover Township, Pa., and “a couple times” wound up in West Virginia, whose state police picked up the chase there. Drohn said the chase concluded without police apprehending the driver.

By then, he had already fallen off and Pennsylvania state troopers had taken the lead.

“We just broke it off,” he said. “Once we got an ID on him, we just broke the pursuit off.”

Drohn said charges are pending against the driver, whose name he wasn’t releasing as of Sunday evening.

Woman arrested after shot fired report

STEUBENVILLE — A Steubenville woman was taken into custody Saturday after police received a report of a shot fired in the 1600 block of Ridge Avenue around 9:40 p.m.

Sarah R. Smith, 35, 488 S. Fifth St., is being held at the Jefferson County Justice Center on charges of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and discharging a weapon in city limits.

An officer said he spotted Smith’s vehicle, which matched the description of the car believed involved in the shooting, on South Sixth Street traveling at a high rate of speed.

The officer said he activated his light bar but Smith kept driving, eventually parking the vehicle in the South Fifth Street alley.

Smith allegedly told officers she’d fired a single shot to dissuade an individual from following her to her car.

From staff reports