Man arraigned on multiple charges

ELKINS – A Monterville man waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a driving revoked for DUI third offense charge, and was arraigned for allegedly owing $47,000 in child support Thursday in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Jesse James Copen, 36, was arraigned before Magistrate Ben Shepler for failure to pay child support, a felony, which carries a penalty of one to three years in a state penitentiary and a $100 to $1,000 fine, if convicted.

Copen’s bond was set at $47,000 cash or property.

Copen was arrested Saturday on one count of third offense DUI-driving revoked, a felony, one count of driving without a seatbelt, a misdemeanor, and one count of driving with defective equipment-registration lights, a misdemeanor.

Copen was arraigned for these charges before Magistrate George M. Riggleman, who set bond at $10,000 cash or surety.

West Virginia State Police officials reported that Copen was driving a black 1994 Chevy truck that did not have functioning lights. Trooper C. E. Elliott, the investigating officer, learned that Copen’s driver’s license was revoked for DUI on June 28, 2006, and that Copen had a driving revoked for DUI offense dating back to June 24, 2009.