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Woman leads high-speed chase

July 17, 2012
By Brad Johnson - Senior Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

A young woman was arrested Sunday after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed pursuit from Elkins to Parsons, police said.

Ashlee N. Ord, 20, of Nitro, was charged with fleeing in a vehicle, a felony. Her bond was set Monday at $10,000, cash only, by Magistrate George M. Riggleman in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Olan Earl McCauley, 26, of Dunbar, also was charged with fleeing in a vehicle. Riggleman set bond at $10,000, cash only. Both Ord and McCauley were being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail at presstime.

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According to the criminal complaint, Trooper 1st Class G.S. DeWeese of the West Virginia State Police was patrolling the Tygart Valley Mall parking lot Sunday because he'd received information that it was "a high narcotic trafficking area."

DeWeese was on foot, and he approached a man leaning on a grey car. The man started to walk away, and the driver of the car rolled up the window and put the vehicle into reverse, according to the complaint.

DeWeese told the man to stop and he did, but as the trooper started to walk toward the car, the driver put the vehicle in drive and headed straight toward the officer, the complaint alleges.

The trooper "attempted to sidestep the vehicle" but the car grazed his leg and his hand struck the driver's window, the complaint stated. The car then drove off "in a reckless manner" out of the mall's parking lot, police said.

As DeWeese got into his cruiser and turned on the emergency lights and siren, he allegedly saw a male passenger in the other vehicle "throw something out the window" as the car was in the vicinity of Pizza Hut, according to the complaint.

DeWeese followed the car as it drove toward Crystal Springs. The trooper wrote that he tried to perform a traffic stop, but the car would not pull over, the complaint states.

The car "passed four vehicles on the Ferguson Road on a double-line road at about 65 miles per hour in a 30 zone," according to the complaint. The car then turned onto Route 92 without pausing at the stop sign, and DeWeese radioed for assistance, police said.

The vehicle then turned right onto 33 West/219 North and "achieved a top speed of 100 miles per hour," DeWeese wrote. The car then exited onto 219 North toward Parsons and "overtook two vehicles near the Fly market in a no-passing zone," according to the complaint.

As the car was entering Tucker County, DeWeese saw the male passenger light a cigarette, and noted that he kept "reaching into the back of the vehicle and then crouching down in his seat," according to the complaint.

DeWeese said the car ran a red light at the intersection of Route 72 and 219 North, and then turned down an alley in Parsons and almost struck another vehicle, the complaint states.

The car stopped after coming to a dead end, and both Ord and McCauley were taken into custody without further incident, according to the complaint.

Officers found two "marijuana smoking devices" in the vehicle, along with a "weed grinder with marijuana inside," according to the complaint.

In other magistrate court news, a Bowden man was arrested Monday for identity theft.

Matthew Bradley Harris, 35, was charged with one felony count of identity theft and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety. He was being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail at presstime.

According to the criminal complaint, prepared by Trooper M.J. Wilson, the state police were informed April 13 by Rocky Tingler that a Mountaineer Gas Co. account had been set up in his name at 301 Ward Ave. in Elkins. Tingler informed officers he doesn't live at that address and didn't give permission for his name to be used.

The account had an outstanding gas bill for $564.09. Tingler said Harris lived at the address and was a former employee of his who'd had access to Tingler's personal information while he was employed, the complaint states.

A Mountaineer Gas representative reportedly told police the account was opened in October 2011 using Tingler's date of birth and his social security number.

In other court news, charges were dismissed Friday against an Elkins man who was accused of taking part in the theft of two vehicles from an Elkins car dealership.

The Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney's office dismissed without prejudice one count of breaking and entering and two counts of grand larceny, all felonies, against James Dean Grover Jr., 19.

Grover provided police with evidence that he was in Dover, Tenn., on May 26, when the incident took place, according to court records. Grover was represented by attorney Dwight Hall.



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