Travis Simms, 30 of
The robbery happened between and on Tuesday at the Walmart in St. Clairsville.
Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas says Simms went up to a cashier, showed a butcher knife and demanded money. After collecting several thousand dollars, Simms took off in a car stolen out of
Deputy Jordan Blumling spotted a car matching the description of the one leaving the robbery traveling on I-70, getting off at exit 213. Deputy Blumling called for assistance and attempted to pull Simms over. That’s when authorities say Simms took off at a high rate of speed and eluded other deputies before getting onto I-70 eastbound.
Simms, pursued by police, attempted to head onto Rt. 9, but lost control and ended up traveling 185 feet into a ravine, Lucas said. He then took off on foot, but was arrested by officers with the St. Clairsville Police Department while trying to cross I-70.
The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol,