Traffic stop leads to multiple charges

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man is facing several misdemeanor charges after issues arose while the Buckhannon Detachment were conducting road patrol on WV Route 20 near Sheetz in Buckhannon.

Samuel Thomas Workman, 29, of Buckhannon is facing multiple charges, including fleeing on foot from a law enforcement officer, two counts of obstructing an officer, possession of marijuana and methamphetamine and battery on an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, during the conducting of road patrol on Dec. 3, officers observed a black pickup traveling north of WV 20 to have obstructed registration and had turned onto U.S. Route 33.

After catching up to the pickup truck, the emergency lights were activated near the intersection of Brushy Fork Road and U.S. Route 33, police said. The vehicle turned right onto Brushy Fork Crossing near the Department of Highways equipment yard.

The registration observed was supposed to be displayed on a Mazda Tribute but was in fact displayed on a Ford Ranger, reads the complaint.

When the officers approached the vehicle, Workman exited the passenger side of the vehicle. Officers told him to get back into the vehicle. At that time, Workman fled on foot north towards the High Life Lounge. Officers pursed Workman on foot, according to the complaint.

Officers’ verbal commands for Workman to stop were ignored. Workman crossed the railroad tracks near the DOH building, stumbled and fell, the complaint states.

An officer grabbed Workman and attempted to place him into custody while giving verbal commands to stop, police said. Workman continued to fight and pull away from both officers, but was eventually placed into constraints.

The report states during a search on Workman, officers yielded 4.5 grams of marijuana and approximately one gram of methamphetamine.

An officer returned to the patrol vehicle to secure the vehicle and the other occupants of the vehicle, which was pulled over. While securing the vehicle, Workman became combative once more. Workman was taken down to the ground by the officer in order to regain control, and Workman spit and kicked the officer in the face injuring the upper life area, reads the police report. The officer’s hand was also slightly injured during the struggle.

Workman reportedly told the officers that he ran because he had a warrant for third offense domestic assault, a felony.

If Workman is found guilty of fleeing from an officer and two counts of obstructing an officer, for each charge, he will be fined not less than $50 nor more than $500 or be confined in jail not more than one year, or both fined and confined.

For each charge of possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, if found guilty, Workman will be confined in jail not less than 90 days nor more than six months, or fined not more than $1,000, or both.

If Workman is found guilty for battery on an officer, he shall be fined not more than $500 or confined to jail not less than one month nor more than 12 months, or both fined and jailed.