Montrose man charged with fleeing
ELKINS — A Montrose man is behind bars after crashing his vehicle while allegedly fleeing from officers from the Elkins Police Department.
Jeffery S. Cooper, 29, of 28 Fern Drive, Montrose, is being charged with a felony count of fleeing.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on Tuesday evening Elkins Police Department Patrolman First Class and Corporal C.G. Boatwright attempted a traffic stop on a gold Honda Civic after finding the registration tag was expired as of Aug. 1, but the vehicle was displaying a green registration sticker that indicated it would expire in 2022.
“As the vehicle left the Four Seasons Motel on Harrison Avenue officers proceeded to activate the emergency lights and siren on the patrol vehicle in an attempt to conduct a safe traffic stop,” it states in the complaint. “The vehicle then rapidly accelerated towards Crystal Springs with patrol vehicle speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour, passing several pedestrians on the sidewalks by the roadway and attempting to pass a pick-up truck in a no passing zone onto oncoming traffic.”
According to the complaint, the vehicle failed to pass the truck and attempted a sharp right turn off Harrison Avenue onto Crystal Springs Road.
“The driver failed in maintaining control and proceeded to spin out of control and crashed the vehicle into the side of the bridge on Crystal Springs Road, disabling said vehicle,” the complaint states. “As officers exited the patrol vehicle commands where given to the occupants as the driver attempted to start the vehicle.”
Officers pulled the occupants from the car and placed them into restraints, according to the complaint. Officers identified Cooper as the driver and Trasonda Noel as the passenger. Officers requested information on the two from Randolph County 911 and found that Cooper had a suspended drivers license and Noel had a capias warrant.
“While in restraints officers requested that Randolph County EMS respond to check the individuals due to them being involved in a motor vehicle crash. Both Cooper and Noel refused medical treatment from EMS,” the report states.
The pair was transported to to Elkins City Hall for processing and once completed they were transported to Davis Medical Center, where they both again refused medical treatment. The pair was then transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
If convicted, Cooper faces one to five years in a state correctional facility and a fine of $1,000 to $2,000. Cooper is being held on a $15,000 surety/cash bond set my Randolph County Magistrate Mike Dyer.