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Elkins man charged with fleeing while DUI

ELKINS — A Buckhannon man is facing a felony charge after allegedly fleeing from an Elkins police officer.

Dalton Levi Suder, 26, is charged with fleeing in a vehicle while driving under the influence. His bond was set for $30,000 by Randolph County Magistrate Judge Rob Elbon.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Patrolman R.A. Summerfield of the Elkins City Police, the officer was conducting routine patrol on Railroad Avenue on Aug. 17 when he observed a vehicle — driven by Suder — running a stop sign and driving into the Train Depot building.

Summerfield them initiated his emergency lights and contacted E911 about the accident. The report states that Summerfield then approached the vehicle, at which time Suder placed the vehicle in reverse, backed up and began traveling down Railroad Avenue.

According to Summerfield, he then returned to his police cruiser and turned on the siren, to which Suder paid no regard as he made a wide right turn onto First Street.

As Suder came to a stop at an intersection, Summerfield approached the vehicle and smelled “the odor of alcohol coming from Suder’s breath,” the report states.

According to Summerfield, he then asked Suder to exit the vehicle, at which time the suspect did and additionally informed the officer that there was a firearm in the center console. Summerfield then advised Suder to go to the back of the vehicle, where Senior Patrolman K.A. Shifflett began conducting field sobriety tests, with Suder failing all of them, the report states. Suder was then placed under arrest.

If convicted, Suder could be facing up to 10 years in prison.

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