Elkins man facing drug charge


ELKINS — A Randolph County man is behind bars and accused of attempting to strike an officer and allegedly having heroin and methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Jeffrey Lynn Woods, 56, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on Friday, Elkins Police Department Patrolman D.T. Sayre conducted a traffic stop on a silver Volvo after it turned left, off Davis Avenue in Elkins, from the straight lane of an intersection.

Sayre approached the vehicle and a man, later identified as Woods, exited the vehicle and attempted to approach the officer, police said.

Sayre demanded Woods back into the vehicle and approached the automobile. At that time Woods began demanding why the officer stopped him and asked “Why the (expletive) he was being pulled over,” the complaint states.

While Sayre explained why he pulled Woods over he was interrupted by Woods making “actions” toward the center console of the vehicle. Sayre and Patrolman A.M. Wyshyvanuk, also of EPD, had Woods step out of the vehicle due to his aggressive behavior and movements toward the center console, according to the complaint.

When officers tried to restrain Woods, he “became more aggressive and created the stance of aggression” toward the officer. He also attempted to break free from the officer and strike him with his head, the complaint states.

Sayre “assisted (Woods) to the ground” after he attempted to strike him with his head. After detaining Woods and placing him in the back of a police cruiser, Sayre and Wyshyvanuk continued to search the vehicle, according to court documents.

Inside the center console, officers located a black and silver pistol and what appeared to be a smoking device in the center console. Also found was a black bag containing multiple baggies of a brown powdery substance believed to be heroin, digital scales, a clear plastic baggy containing a white powder substance consistent with methamphetamine, four white pills imprinted “54 411” within a sealed plastic baggy, multiple syringes and a spoon with white powdery substance on it, according to the complaint.

The vehicle was towed to Colonial Court due to Woods possessing no insurance and having an improper registration plate for the vehicle, police said.

Officers transported Woods to the Elkins Police Department where he complained he was having chest pains. Woods was transported by Randolph County EMS to Davis Medical Center. After being medically cleared he was transported to TVRJ, the complaint states.

If convicted, Woods could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than 15 years in jail, fined not more than $25,000, or both.