Scioto County Sheriff’s Deputies, Portsmouth Police Officers, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol joined in a manhunt after a report of a violent incident in Wheelersburg.
Just after 9 pm, the manager of a local restaurant contacted dispatch to report that a woman tried to report a terrifying incident. The woman said her husband was intoxicated and had just beaten her up. He was now headed towards the restaurant armed with a shotgun.
The couple’s children told officers their parents were in a fight, and the father struck the mother with a weapon, put her in a blue pickup, and fled the scene.
Deputies notified PPD and OSP to look for the vehicle and began to search the area for the vehicle. After about 90 minutes of searching, a deputy saw the vehicle drive past him.
Deputies and an Ohio State Patrol vehicle caught up with the truck around 10:40 and took the man into custody.
Officers noted both the man and woman appeared to be intoxicated. The woman did not want to press charges. Officers took the woman’s statement and OSP took the man into custody for driving under the influence.