Man charged after multi-county chase
BUCKHANNON — A man who led law enforcement on a chase from Taylor County into Upshur County Sunday has been arrested for fleeing with reckless indifference, a felony.
Nicholas Scott Poe, 21, of Hambleton, was arraigned before Magistrate Kay Hurst who set bond at $30,000 cash or surety.
If convicted, Poe faces a $1,000 to $2,000 fine and one to five years in a state correctional facility.
Senior Trooper Cody Mayle, with the Philippi detachment of the West Virginia State Police, was advised of an active pursuit traveling south on U.S. 119 from Taylor County and entering into Barbour County at approximately 10:22 p.m. Sunday, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office. Mayle positioned his cruiser in the northbound lane of U.S. 119 with lights activated and witnessed the black pick-up traveling south and failing to yield to a Taylor County sheriff’s deputy with lights and sirens activated. Mayle put his cruiser into reverse and backed into a parking lot to avoid the pick-up truck, later determined to be driven by Poe, from striking the cruiser.
Mayle joined the pursuit and caught up to the vehicle on U.S. Route 119. An emergency stop was attempted with the vehicle still failing to yield but increasing its speed to 80 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to the criminal complaint. Mayle also witnessed the vehicle enter a blind right hand turn in the northbound lane while traveling southbound and continuing to flee south. The vehicle then made a right turn onto John Street and traveled south on to Cherry Hill Road continuously going left of center and almost striking several vehicles while going approximately 60 mph in a 25 mph posted speed zone.
From there, the truck turned onto Shooks Run Road and then left onto Jennie Street and right onto Thrasher Street before exiting back onto US. 119 South.
Mayle pursued the vehicle into Upshur County on Route 119 and saw the truck purposely exit the southern road way edge of US. 119 just past the intersection of Garyln Loop and US. 119 within Upshur County.
The male driver, later identified as Poe, exited the black truck and began to flee where Mayle and Philippi Police Department Patrolman C. Curkendol were able to apprehend the subject and place him into custody.