Man arrested after police search

By Chad Clem

Staff Writer

CRYSTAL SPRINGS – A Huttonsville man was arrested Wednesday after police spent several hours looking for him, officials said.

Robert Michael Sparks, 32, was charged with driving revoked DUI third offense, a felony, and obstructing, a misdemeanor.

Sparks was arraigned by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon and is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond.

According to the criminal complaint, prepared by Cpl. M.S. Wetzel of the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Sparks drove his 5-year-old child away from the residence where the boy was staying without having permission to take him. Sparks was driving a 2005 Chevy Equinox, which Sparks did not own, the complaint states. Police were reportedly told the boy’s mother feared for his safety.

Police located Sparks after several hours when he returned his son to the home where the boy was staying. When police responded at the scene, “Sparks’ demeanor became unpredictable and defiant,” the complaint states.

When police attempted to detain Sparks, he reportedly “became combative and attempted to pull away,” although they were able to restrain Sparks, according to the complaint.

Sparks told police he had been driving around the local area and ran out of gas. He also told police he had “inhaled meth yesterday,” the complaint states.

Police found that Sparks’ license was revoked and he had a conviction for DUI, third or subsequent offense, in November 2012.

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