Man charged with fleeing

HUTTONSVILLE – A Huttonsville man was arrested on one felony charge and 11 misdemeanors after allegedly fleeing from police at 90 mph Monday, court documents state.

Gage Michael Martin, 22, was arraigned by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon, who set bond at $15,000 cash only.

Martin was charged with one count of driving revoked-third offense, one count of reckless driving, one count of false certificates, one count of driving without headlights, one count of driving with a defective muffler, one count of failure to prove audible signal, one count of driving left of center, one count of violation of no passing zones, one count of failure to signal, one count of having no registration of a vehicle, driving with a defective registration light, all misdemeanors, and one count of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless disregard for safety, a felony, according to official court documnets.

According to the criminal complaint, on Feb. 7. at around 9 p.m., Trooper D.T. Stallings of the West Virginia State Police saw a green Chevrolet pick-up truck that was driving recklessly on US Route 219 at the intersection of Becky’s Creek road near Huttonsville. Stallings wrote that the truck crossed left of center to pass a vehicle without using his turn signal and accelerated up to 85 mph, 30 mph over the speed limit.

The driver of the truck, after showing “reckless disregard for vehicles traveling along the roadway,” failed to stop when Stallings turned on his emergency lights, the complaint reads. Stallings said that at this point the driver accelerated to 90 mph and turned on to Bell Crouch Road, where the driver turned off his lights and Stallings lost sight of him.

Stallings reported the vehicle to State Police communications in Elkins, but there was no matching record for it, the complaint states. Stallings wrote that after interviewing several residents of Bell Crouch Road, they told him that the vehicle belonged to Martin.

Stallings found that Martin’s license had been revoked for two previous counts of driving on a suspended license, with convictions in February and June 2012, as well as 11 “active, unpaid citations,” according to the criminal complaint.

On Feb. 9, Stallings arrived at Martin’s residence and found the vehicle parked on the lawn, “with a registration sticker bearing the year 2012” as well as “a handmade motor vehicle inspection sticker on the suspect vehicle,” the complaint states.