Parsons man charged after traffic pursuit

ELKINS — A Tucker County man is behind bars and accused of attempting to run over an officer and leading police on a pursuit.

Dustin Bruce Moran, 31, of Parsons, is charged with one felony count of fleeing with reckless indifference, one felony count of terroristic threats and one felony count of attempt to commit a felony. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on Thursday, Elkins Police Department Patrolmen D.T. Sayre and C.G. Boatwright attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a dark blue Acura on North Randolph Avenue in Elkins.

Officers observed the vehicle traveling 50 mph in a 40 mph zone. They initiated lights and sirens and pursued the vehicle onto U.S. 219.

The driver of the vehicle stopped near the “truck wash” along U.S. 219 and officers identified him as Moran. Moran stated officers were “stopping him illegally” and he would not “show them (expletive),” the complaint states.

After Moran became “uncooperative” and placed his right hand behind his back, Boatwright attempted to “extract” him from the vehicle while Sayre stood “three feet” from the drivers side headlight, according to the complaint.

Moran put the car in drive and Boatwright retreated to avoid being drug by the vehicle. Sayre also “maneuvered away” to avoid being struck by the vehicle. Sayre was able to “narrowly escape” and discharged his pistol into the back tire of the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Officers pursued the vehicle and observed it cross the center line several times and travel at excessive speeds. They also observed what appeared to be “rock salt” coming from the driver side of the vehicle as it went out the window, the complaint states. Officers also observed the driver making “throwing motions” out of the vehicle.

Officers said the vehicle Moran was driving collided with the embankment, causing the vehicle to flip. He then exited the vehicle and began shouting obscenities toward officers, according to the complaint.

All occupants of the vehicle were transported by Randolph County EMS to Davis Medical Center.

Sayre, Boatwright and members of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and West Virginia State Police, located a “large amount” of white crystalline substance in a black container in the ditch beside the vehicle. Officers also located “several thousand dollars” and a digital sale, according to the complaint.

While waiting for Senior Deputy D.L. VanMeter, of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, to arrive, Moran looked at the EPD officers and stated, “I hope your whole family gets (expletive), and I will make sure it happens,” the complaint states.