Last updated: June 02. 2014 7:20PM - 1836 Views
Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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COOLVILLE — A former Meigs County deputy who had been facing charges of theft of county property is now facing additional fleeing and eluding charges following a high-speed pursuit that occurred on Friday afternoon.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said Monday that Robert Tate, of Little Hocking, Ohio, was taken into custody Friday after he fled Meigs County and Athens County deputies in the Coolville area.

Tate was reportedly fired from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office approximately five weeks ago and, according to Wood, his office has been attempting to acquire county equipment that Tate has been in possession of since the termination of his employment.

After Tate refused to turn over the equipment, the sheriff’s office reportedly filed theft charges against the former deputy.

Meigs County and Athens County deputies later attempted to meet with Tate on Friday in Coolville, near the Meigs-Athens county line; however, according to Wood, after the suspect learned of his pending theft charges, he jumped back into his vehicle and fled, leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit through a residential area.

Assisting with the incident were deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Tate was reportedly taken into custody late on Friday afternoon. Further details regarding Tate’s arrest have not yet been made available.

As of Monday afternoon, Tate was reportedly awaiting transportation to Athens County, where he is facing charges of fleeing and eluding.

Wood reported that Tate was relieved of duty at the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office due to continued unsatisfactory work.

Further information in regard to this case will be released as it is made available by investigators.

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