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One Arrested Following Thursday's Foot Chase, Apprehension by Bridgeport Police

By Julie Perine on July 17, 2017 via Connect-Bridgeport.com

Following Thursday’s foot pursuit along Johnson Avenue, one 30-year-old male, Michael D. Long Jr., has been charged with obstructing an officer and fleeing from an officer second offense, said Investigating Bridgeport Police Officer Christopher “Bart” Sayers.
 
Sayers apprehended Long at Diamond Street Car Wash after a 10-minute chase, which began at Grace Animal Hospital/Premier Pediatrics on Lodgeville Road. The original call to police was for a disturbance.
 
“Upon arriving, we found three or four individuals, but one fled,” said Bridgeport Deputy Police Chief Randy Hartley about the incident that was logged on the Harrison County 911 incident log around 1:30 p.m. July 13.
 
Long, from Spelter, was taken into custody without incident after finally stopping, Sayers said.
 
“He most likely stopped due to being tired,” Sayers said. “He was then taken to United Hospital Center due to his complaint of chest pains. He was medically cleared and released a few hours later and taken to North Central Regional Jail to await arraignment.”
 
The case remains under investigation. The man’s motive for running is unknown. Upon seeing police, he ran up to Johnson Avenue, along a culvert toward Chase Bank, then turned around and came back, the chase concluding at a stall at Diamond Street Car Wash. Police made repeated verbal orders for the individual to stop, but he continued to run.
 
Police officers questioned the other individuals involved with the disturbance complaint, as well as witnesses.
 
“The information we gathered from the witnesses was simply to determine if any crimes had been committed prior to law enforcement’s arrival,” Sayers said. “There were none.”
 
Sayers said the apprehension and arrest were made easier, thanks to his fellow officers on shift, the West Virginia State Police and Clarksburg Police Department, all who assisted.
 
“Also, a few citizens were able to point me in the right direction as I gave chase,” Sayers said.
 
According to the North Central Regional Jail Web site, Long was booked at 5 p.m. July 13 and was released on bail in the amount of $5,000. 
 
Editor's Note: Officer Bart Sayers is seen in a Connect-Bridgeport file photo.



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