Upshur County man charged with fleeing


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested for several offenses after allegedly fleeing from a state trooper in a vehicle and then being apprehended on foot.

John Elton Shipman, 45, was spotted by Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police on Route 33 in a white 2000 Ford Focus with a loud/defective exhaust, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Robinette initiated a traffic stop after the vehicle turned onto Childers Crossing and Route 151. The vehicle slowed in the roadway and Robinette saw the driver, later determined to be Shipman, look back in the rear view mirror before accelerating at a high rate of speed. The state trooper initiated an audible siren but the driver continued to flee at high rate of speed. The pursuit continued onto Heavener Grove Road well over the speed limit with the Ford Focus almost wrecking several times. After the vehicle turned onto Little Sand Road and then Perry Road, it attempted to turn onto a side road but found it blocked. Shipman then exited the vehicle and fled on foot but Robinette was able to catch Shipman and arrest him.

Shipman allegedly told Robinette he fled because of his revocation for DUI third offense and that he was looking at life in prison if he was caught again.

The registration on the vehicle belonged to a 2000 Dodge Caravan that expired in March 2017 and the registration plate had a fraudulent 2021 sticker taken from another license plate.

Shipman has a revoked operators due to multiple active DUI convictions. Three driving revoked DUI convictions have dates of March 15, 2003, March 2, 2004 and Sept. 4, 2003, according to the criminal complaint.

Shipman was charged with fleeing with reckless indifference, driving revoked for DUI third offense and fraudulent registration, all felonies.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $30,000 cash or surety.

Fleeing from an officer in a vehicle with reckless disregard carries a $1,000 to $2,000 fine and imprisonment of one to five years. Driving revoked for DUI third offense carries one to three years and a fine of $3,000 to $5,000.

Fraudulent registration carries one to five years in prison and/or a fine of $500 to $5,000.

In a separate incident, John Eric Squires, 29, of French Creek, was arrested for domestic battery, a felony, by Deputy Cole Bender with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department. On Sunday, Sept. 13, Bender responded to a call at 159 French Reeder Rd. for a possible domestic battery, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office. While en route, the deputy was advised the alleged victim had left the residence and walked to a house on the Alexander Road. Bender went to meet with the victim and observed red marks on the victim’s chest. The victim told the deputy that Squires allegedly hit her there and that the two parties had been drinking alcohol prior to the incident.

Bender, with the assistance of West Virginia State Police units, arrested Squires.

Squires has two prior convictions for domestic battery from Nov. 6, 2014 and Dec. 16, 2014.

Hurst set bond at $30,000 cash or surety. If convicted, Squires faces confinement in a state correctional facility for one to five years or fined not more than $2,500, or both.


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