Philippi woman faces charges


BUCKHANNON — A woman who allegedly kept trying to go swimming at a residence that did not belong to her was arrested for multiple offenses after resisting arrest.

Alexa Damara Jennings, 20, of Philippi, was dropped off in front of a residence on the Old Elkins Road where the owner of the residence, Alan Tenney, attempted to speak with her but advised she was “unintelligible,” according to Trooper J.S. Tonkin with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Jennings then tried to enter the Tenney’s swimming pool after multiple verbal commands advising that she was not permitted.

Tonkin responded for a trespassing complaint but Jennings refused to tell him her name at first. When Tonkin attempted to place Jennings in handcuffs, she allegedly pulled away refusing verbal commands to place her hands behind her back, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Tonkin forced the hands of Jennings into the handcuffs and was escorting her to his patrol vehicle when she pulled away and ran towards the Old Elkins Road. However, Tonkin was able to capture Jennings and place her inside the vehicle.

Once at the Buckhannon detachment for processing, Jennings refused to provide fingerprints.

Jennings was arrested for obstructing an officer, fleeing from an officer on foot, trespassing, failure to provide fingerprints and attempted escape from custody, all misdemeanors.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $28,000 and ordered Jennings to have no contact with Tenney