Man enters plea in fleeing case

ELKINS – A Huttonsville man who was arrested after allegedly fleeing from police at 90 mph entered a guilty plea Monday in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Gage Michael Martin, 22, entered a guilty plea to eight misdemeanors, including one count of third offense driving on a suspended license, one count of reckless driving, one count of false certificates, one count of driving on a suspended license – non-DUI, one count of having no registration of a vehicle, one count of driving with a defective registration light, one count of no insurance and one count of possession of marijuana.

As part of the agreement, the state dismissed a felony charge of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless disregard for safety, along with multiple other misdemeanor charges.

Martin appeared in front of magistrate Rob Elbon, Jr., with his attorney, Phil Isner. The state was represented by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lori Haynes.

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Stallings found that Martin’s license had been revoked for two previous counts of driving on a suspended license, with convictions in February and June 2012, as well as 11 “active, unpaid citations,” according to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

— Also in Randolph County Magistrate Court Monday, the defense attorney for Daniel Davis, 21, who is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl, asked for a bond modification to reduce the amount from $50,000 cash only and include a surety option.

“Your honor, Mr. Davis and his family have limited means,” Davis’ attorney, Dwight Hall, said. “We would ask to modify the bond to include surety and have the amount reduced.”

Elbon denied the bond reduction and added the stipulation that if Davis is able to meet the cash bond amount that he can not be around any minor under 18 years of age without another adult present.