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EL man gets 3 years on community control for chase

LISBON — An East Liverpool man charged in a high-speed chase from Ohio into West Virginia in June of 2018 appeared for sentencing for the Ohio charges Thursday before Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam.

Daryl V. Gass, Green Lane, East Liverpool, had pleaded guilty to failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, endangering a child and obstructing official business in November in Common Pleas Court.

During sentencing, Gass’ defense attorney Kelly Linger said he has already served a seven-month prison sentence in Moundsville and is currently on probation in West Virginia, where he seems to be doing better following the rules.

Filling in for his co-worker Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones, Ryan Weikart said Jones was recommending community control in conjunction with what he has been doing in Hancock County. However, Weikart asked for a three-year community control sanction.

Linger talked about the circumstances which led to Gass fleeing from an attempted traffic stop on state Route 11 on June 29, 2018. He took off with his 17-year-old daughter in the vehicle at speeds in excess of 100 mph and fled into West Virginia. Linger said Gass was off his medications that night and not in his right mind.

Prior to that night, Linger said Gass’ wife had been purposely struck and killed by a vehicle and she stated that has affected him and precipitated this incident. An obituary shows Gass’ wife died in August of 2016.

Washam noted Gass has had prior substance abuse problems and currently has a warrant in Oklahoma. It was noted the warrant pick up radius does not extend to Ohio.

Linger said Gass is doing better, taking his medication. Gass said with his West Virginia probation he has a curfew and must be home by 10 p.m. He said he now goes to work and comes home for his family. He assured Washam if he continues on community control here he would not get in trouble.

“I just want to apologize for the behavior I did,” Gass said. “I understand I did wrong. I was not on my medication and I blacked out.”

Washam placed him on community control and suspended his license for three years without work driving privileges.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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