PDT Staff Writer
The driver of a stolen car, who pulled away from a traffic stop, was injured in a crash just seconds after he tried to flee Ohio State Highway Troopers. The driver of the wrecked 2008 Dodge Charger, Rocky Newman, 38, of Portsmouth and Robin Waughtel, 24, of New Boston, a passenger in the car, were both injured.
Troopers of the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said around 9:30 p.m. Monday, a trooper stopped a car on Carey’s Run Road in West Portsmouth for a speed violation on U.S. 52. The car stopped, but then sped away striking a tree less than half of a mile from the site where the vehicle had been stopped.
Coincidentally, within a minute or two the vehicle, belonging to Maria Pennington of Lucasville, was reported stolen from 2350 17th St. to Portsmouth Police just minutes before the crash. A bulletin was sent out, asking law enforcement agents to be on the lookout for that vehicle. A trooper at the scene of the crash heard the radio report while reacting to the wreck.
Newman was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, where he was released Tuesday. Waughtel was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center.
Troopers said they will file the charges through the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office and an arrest warrant for Newman will be obtained.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, o4r at firstname.lastname@example.org.