Fugitive arrested

By Frank Lewis

November 6, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT staff Writer

An alleged fugitive from justice has been captured after he eluded law enforcement since September. Zach Hall, who was arraigned Wednesday morning on possession of a drug instrument, Hit-skip, failure to control and parking on a public highway, will now have his probation revoked on an aggravated robbery charge, as well as be facing additional charges of failure to comply with the order of signal of a police officer and obstructing official business.

Scioto County Common Pleas Court Chief Probation Officer Nick Ferrara said Tuesday evening probation officers, along with members of the Portsmouth Police Department, responded to 2411 Grandview Ave. in Portsmouth, where Hall was arrested on felony warrants through the Probation Department as well as with the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office on new pending felony charges.

Hall was placed on felony probation with the Scioto County Adult Probation Department on Jan. 4, 2012 on an aggravated robbery charge. A fugitive warrant was issued through the Probation Department on Sept. 16, 2013. Ferrara said was located by the Portsmouth Police Department and subsequently led members of the Portsmouth Police Department, the Probation Department, Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, on a high speed chase that ended when Hall crashed his vehicle into a creek bed in a Rosemount neighborhood. Hall was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, W. Va., where he walked away the following day. He had been at large ever since.

Hall was arraigned Wednesday morning in Portsmouth Municipal Court on the misdemeanor charges of possession of a drug instrument, hit-skip failure to control and parking on a public highway in addition to felony charges of failure to comply and obstructing official business, stemming from the September pursuit. Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony.

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