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Source: Athens Messenger
January 21, 2011
Vinton County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Bowden is shown with the department's police dog, Dooley. Bowden, Dooley and another police dog were injured Thursday after a Meigs County man allegedly lead officers on a high-speed chase and stole a police cruiser.
. Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 4:41 pm | Updated: 5:01 pm, Fri Jan 21, 2011.
By PAUL McMANIS For The Messenger | 0 comments
McARTHUR — A Meigs County man was arrested Friday after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed chase, stealing a police cruiser that contained a police dog, assaulting an officer and injuring two police dogs.
Kelly Krebs, 31, faces charges of felonious assault on an officer, theft of a vehicle and theft of a dog.
According to the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, what began as a routine traffic stop Thursday evening turned into a potentially deadly situation when Krebs allegedly refused to pull over for Vinton County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Bowden on Route 93 at about 9:30 p.m. Bowden was attempting to stop Krebs for going left of center and for traveling too fast given the weather conditions.
Bowden pursued Krebs, but later stopped the pursuit because of the dangerous weather conditions. Bowden later found Krebs’ vehicle crashed near Route 324 near Dundas and reported observing two individuals in the vehicle attempting to trade places.
According to the sheriff’s office, when Bowden approached the vehicle, Krebs allegedly became verbally and physically aggressive toward Bowden and knocked the deputy to the ground.
Krebs then allegedly entered Bowden’s cruiser, a K-9 unit, and attempted to flee the scene. Dooley, the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office’s police dog, was in the cruiser at the time.
Bowden attempted to stop Krebs from fleeing by grabbing hold of him and trying to pull him from the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. According to the sheriff’s office, Bowden was reportedly dragged nearly 200 feet while holding on to Krebs before losing grip of him. Krebs fled the scene, and Bowden was treated for minor injuries and released from Holzer Hospital.
An officer later spotted the vehicle in Meigs County and attempted to stop the vehicle without success.
The chase continued on Route 143, and Vinton County Sheriff Dave Hickey and Chief Deputy Shawn Justice set up a roadblock in an effort to stop Krebs. According to the sheriff’s office, the roadblock failed with Krebs proceeding through it.
Hickey said he then gave Deputy Penny McCune the OK to attempt a pit maneuver, which is when a vehicle is nudged by another vehicle in an attempt to stop the eluding vehicle. The attempted maneuver failed with McCune’s cruiser sliding off the road and up an embankment. She was not injured in the accident.
Hickey said he also authorized Deputy Thomas Heaton to attempt to shoot out the tires of the vehicle in yet another effort to end the chase. Heaton attempted to fire at the tires, but with the high speeds of the chase and the winter road conditions, the attempt was unsuccessful.
Krebs then allegedly exited the vehicle in Columbia Twp. in Meigs County and fled into a wooded area. Dooley was not in the vehicle when it was recovered.
The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office later brought its police dog, Jeck, to the area to search for Krebs. According to the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, Jeck picked up on Krebs’ scent, tracked him and at some point encountered him. Krebs allegedly stabbed the dog twice in the neck. Jeck was later sent to the OSU Veterinary Clinic and was still in surgery as of press time.
A perimeter was set up around the area and the State Highway Patrol special response team became involved in the search.
After following a trail of blood, officers were able to locate and apprehend Krebs, who was taken to O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens to be treated for hypothermia and possible frostbite.
Hickey said Krebs will be taken to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville upon his released from the hospital. Krebs is scheduled to appear in Vinton County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
Dooley was found Friday morning by Kathy Grigsby, an Ohio Department of Transportation worker, who spotted the dog on her way home from work and contacted the sheriff’s office.
“I was tickled to have found him. I have dogs of my own and they have been lost before. They are part of your family,” Grigsby said.
When he was found, Dooley had a cut on one of his ears and was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
Hickey said he is glad to have Dooley back after what, according to the sheriff, “ranks as one of the top five craziest events” since he’s been a sheriff.
“It was something very different for the area here. We don’t have this kind of thing happen too often,” Hickey said. “I’m just glad no one was seriously injured. This could have easily led to some fatalities.”
Thursday’s incident was not Krebs’ first run-in with the law.
In July 2004, Krebs was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault following a car accident that killed Kyle Thrush and injured Joshua Dailey of Wilkesville. Krebs was sentenced to six years in prison on those charges. He was granted early release this past August.
In October, Krebs was charged with felonious assault and intimidation after allegedly attempting to run over a woman. Those charges have since been dismissed.
Paul McManis is a reporter for The Vinton County Courier.
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