High-speed chase leads to man’s arrest

An Elkins man is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $125,000 bond after being arrested following a short high-speed chase on Route 33 Sunday.

Lee Andrew Beltran, 36, is facing misdemeanor charges of reckless battery and domestic violence. According to the complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, state troopers were dispatched to a “rolling domestic situation” on Route 33 after a caller alerted the 911 center to a car been driven at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles on the shoulder of the highway.

The complaint stated that the caller alleged the driver of the vehicle struck a passenger “six to eight times,” causing the car to swerve each time. Troopers pulled over the car near the Vegan Road exit after a short pursuit in which speeds were alleged to have reached 110 mph. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Beltran, the complaint stated.

The alleged victim denied being struck by Beltran, telling the trooper that her sister had pulled her from the car and struck her several times, according to the complaint. The trooper said the victim had marks and cuts on her face, neck and right knee, adding that most of those injuries were on the victim’s left side and facing the driver. The trooper also stated in the complaint that he observed a blood splatter on the inside of the vehicle.

According to the complaint, Beltran was taken to the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, and troopers again spoke with the person who made the 911 call. The complaint stated that the caller said he witnessed a female walking along the road and that she was picked up by the car in which Beltran was reportedly driving. The caller said the driver of the vehicle was wearing a blue hat or blue bandana, and the complaint stated that Beltran was wearing a blue hat at the time he was arrested. The caller also reported the victim tried to exit the vehicle, the complaint stated.