PARKERSBURG - A Parkersburg man was arrested Friday morning after leading officers on a high-speed chase.
Parkersburg police Sgt. Greg Collins said police arrested Greg Alan Duley, 34, after his mini-van became stuck in a ditch in Mineral Wells.
Collins said Officer J.M. Cumpston attempted to pull the vehicle over for not having any taillights.
"Cumpston activated his emergency lights and siren, attempting to stop the car on 19th Avenue near Belmont Road in south Parkersburg.
The driver allegedly refused to stop, running through a stop sign on Division Street Extension and proceeding at a high rate of speed through the city, with several marked police cruisers following," Collins said.
After a 16-minute pursuit, which also engaged the Wood County Sheriff's Department, Duley's 1999 Plymouth Voyager went through a field on Big Tygart Creek where it became stuck in a ditch.
Officers approached the vehicle to find Duley had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. Several empty beer cans and an empty bottle of whiskey were observed in the vehicle, according to Collins.
Duley was allegedly unable to properly perform three standard field sobriety tests, nearly falling down during one of the tests. Duley reportedly advised officers he was drunk multiple times.
He was transported to the Parkersburg Police Department for processing on a felony charge of fleeing while DUI. He was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and released on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, Duley could face three to 10 years in prison.
Collins said the stop conducted by Cumpston was part of a DUI enforcement grant. Collins said city police have made 111 DUI arrests so far this year. In 2012, there were 81 DUI arrests between Jan.1 and June 7.