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Elkins man charged after traffic stop

ELKINS — An Elkins man is facing a felony charge after a routine traffic stop.

Devin William McCauley, 30, is charged with driving revoked for DUI, third offense. His bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety by Randolph County Magistrate Judge Mike Dyer.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Trooper R.C. Watson of the West Virginia State Police, the officer was conducting routine road patrol in Elkins at approximately 12:52 a.m. on Jan. 5 when he observed a black Grand Am. the report states that Watson conducted a check of the vehicle’s registration plate through WVSP Elkins Communication because he was unable to see an expiration sticker on the vehicle.

“WVSP Elkins Communication advised that the registration being displayed on the vehicle came back (with) no matching records,” stated Watson. The report states that Watson activated his emergency and initiated a traffic stop, then making contact with McCauley, advising him as to the reason of the stop and inquiring to see if he had any vehicle information or his operator’s license.

“(McCauley) advised he had forgotten his wallet at home and did not have any information for the vehicle other than the title,” Watson said, adding that McCauley provided him with his name, date of birth and the vehicle’s title.

According to the complaint, Watson then advised WVSP Elkins Communication to conduct a status check on McCauley’s license, finding that it was revoked for DUI with two prior convictions. Watson arrested McCauley for driving revoked DUI third offense at approximately 1:42 a.m. McCauley was unable to provide any of the vehicle information and advised that he knew the plates were messed up, the complaint states, at which time Watson had the vehicle towed from the scene.

The report states that McCauley was then transferred to the Elkins Detachment for processing and then to Tygart Valley Regional Jail to await arraignment.

If convicted, McCauley will be imprisoned in a state correctional facility for one to three years and, in addition to the mandatory prison sentence, fined $3,000 to $5,000.

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