Albany Man Arrested After Police Chase

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An Albany man is in custody following a police chase through portions of Meigs County on Tuesday afternoon.

Thomas A. Brooks, 46, of McVey Road, Albany, was arrested after a nearly five-hour foot pursuit through the woods after a vehicle chase earlier in the day.

Officers with the Pomeroy Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Brooks on Mulberry Avenue for speeding. The vehicle allegedly failed to stop which led to a pursuit.

Deputies with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office spotted the vehicle a short time later on Kingsbury Road near Wolfe Pen Road in the Harrisonville area. Following a 20-minute pursuit by the deputies on Route 33, Route 7 and several other roads, the vehicle crashed on Route 143 between Ball Run Road and Wolfe Pen Road after allegedly ramming a sheriff’s cruiser and running over stop sticks during the pursuit, according to a news release from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.

Brooks then allegedly fled on foot, with officers taking a passenger from the vehicle into custody and removing a small child from the vehicle as well. Law enforcement was unaware the child was present in the vehicle during the pursuit, according to the release. The female passenger has not been charged and the child was unharmed according to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood.

After officers and canine units from multiple agencies pursued Brooks for approximately five hours through the woods and rugged terrain, he was located in a camper on Wolfe Pen Road. Brooks was wanted through multiple agencies for allegations of identity theft, receiving stolen property, failure to appear and drug charges.

Brooks may also be facing new charges in Meigs County for felony fleeing, child endangerment, felonious assault with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and multiple traffic offenses.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Middleport Police, Pomeroy Police, Meigs County EMS, and the Pomeroy Fire Department also assisted with the pursuit.

Brooks is being held in the Washington County Jail. He could make an initial appearance in Meigs County Court as early as Thursday, weather permitting, according to Wood.