Beverly man waives hearing

ELKINS – A Beverly man charged with DUI and battery on an officer waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday morning in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Brandon Lee Currence, 29, is charged with one count of DUI third offense, a felony, as well as one count of possession of marijuana, one count of obstructing, one count of battery on an officer and one count of destruction of property, all misdemeanors, stemming from an incident on April 29.

Currence waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Randolph County Magistrate George M. Riggleman. The case will now go to the grand jury.

According to the criminal complaint, Trooper J.M. Hebb of the Elkins detachment initiated a traffic stop and “noticed that (Currence) concealed something between the seats of the vehicle” and discovered it was a “marijuana bowl with residue” which was then seized. The officers asked Currence to submit to some sobriety tests, but he refused, according to the complaint. Hebb wrote that he “then placed (Currence) in the rear seat of (the) cruiser” where Currence “kicked the center console repeatedly, damaging Wetzel’s cell phone charger and a radio microphone chord.”

Wetzel then restrained Currence and the officers transported him to the Elkins City Police Department, but when asked to get out of the cruiser, Currence cursed at the officers and refused, the complaint states. Currence had to be “physically restrained after being ordered several times to exit the cruiser,” and officers eventually had to carry him inside, the complaint states.

Hebb wrote that he “attempted to unrestrain (Currence) when (he) was attempting to slide the handcuffs around his legs and kicked (Hebb) in the leg.” Hebb then “used his OC spray…to get (Currence) to comply,” the complaint states.

Currence is currently being held at Tygarts Valley Regional Jail on a $15,000 cash or surety bond.