Suspect Leads Authorities Through Multi-County High Speed Chase


A suspect led law enforcement on a terrifying, cross-county, high-speed chase on Interstate 70 Friday afternoon in Belmont County.

It all started near the rest stop along Interstate-70 in Belmont County after the Ohio State Highway Patrol saw a car with license plates that weren’t registered to that vehicle.

When they tried to pull him over he took off going as fast as 130 miles per hour, continuing on Interstate-470 and got off at Route 7 towards Bellaire.

The suspect, Howard Lee Orr of Cleveland, did hit 2 parked cars and a pedestrian while leaving Bellaire. The State Highway Patrol says the pedestrian was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Orr then allegedly went back on Route 7 and started heading west on I-470 hitting speeds as high as 140 mph before state troopers were able to arrest him in Guernsey County near the Quaker City exit.

“We attempted to deploy the stop sticks. He tried to swerve to avoid the road spikes, lost control and off the roadway,” said Lt. James Faunda of the OSHP’s St. Clairsville post. “At that point, Highway Patrol K-9 Unit was on scene, the suspect attempted to flee but when he saw the canine unit he gave up.”

Lt. Faunda says they weren’t going to let Orr get away.

“While we’re pursuing a subject on the Interstate, the risk is still there but it’s lessened as opposed to what occurs inside of a town,” said Lt. Faunda. “Once he strikes someone, that elevates the offense and at that point we’re going to continue chasing him.”

Orr was taken to the Belmont County Jail. He already had a misdemeanor arrest warrant and now he will be charged with felony fleeing and eluding on top of facing additional felony charges for hitting the pedestrian.

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