St. Clairsville Man Arrested on Third DUI Threatens Officers

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 A St. Clairsville man is facing a number of charges after a traffic stop.

An officer pulled over Richard Lee Chapline, 56, after he reportedly drove up on the sidewalk near DiCarlo’s in Elm Grove on Saturday night.

According to a criminal complaint, Chapline had alcohol on his breath and refused several sobriety tests. Chapline allegedly had trouble walking and standing and had to brace himself on his truck. He told officers he had two tequila shots.  

When he was transported back to the sheriff’s office for processing, Chapline became aggressive with officers and threatened to retaliate against them. He pulled out his cell phone and said he wanted to make a phone call, and when the officer took his phone and placed it on the table, Chapline lunged at the officer. 

When the officer tried to put him back in his seat, Chapline hit the officer in the chest and grabbed him, according to the complaint. After a brief struggle, he was restrained and handcuffed.

While deputies were trying to process Chapline, he made numerous statements in reference to retaliation against the two officers in the room. Chapline told police he had nothing to lose and would make sure both of the officers died before he did. He reportedly said he would put a bullet in their heads. 

Chapline also reportedly told both officers he would remember their faces when he was released from jail, and that they better always be looking over their shoulders because he would find them and kill them. He told the officer he would cut him into pieces, and also said next time he is pulled over he would not cooperate and that he would shoot any officer who attempted to stop him.

Police found a concealed weapon on Chapline, a knife in his front pants pocket. 

Chapline has two prior convictions for DUI, dating back to 2010 and 2011. 

He is now facing a third count of DUI, two counts of terroristic threats, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of battery on an officer. 

He was arraigned by Magistrate Joe Roxby and placed in the Northern Regional Jail under $70,000 bond.

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