Man charged with trespassing, obstructing officer


ELKINS — Christopher Waybright, 29, has been charged with trespassing and obstructing an officer after an incident Sunday afternoon.

He is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail awaiting his arraignment on a $2,000 10% cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, the Randolph County Sheriff’s office responded to a call from the Go-Mart store on the Beverly Pike Five-lane and was told a male subject, wearing a green shirt and blue jeans, had been sleeping on the sidewalk of the store.

Once on the scene, Cpl. D.D. Pennington and Deputy T.J. Knotts of the RCSD observed the described male near the rear of the parking lot gyrating on an electrical box. He was also flailing his arms and feet around and appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic, the police report states.

For officer safety, Knotts exited his cruiser with K-9 Hacker due to the subject’s actions. Upon making contact, the subject was commanded to sit down on the curb and keep his hands out of his pockets. Due to the presence of the K-9, the subject complied with the commands, according to the criminal complaint.

After the officers were able to calm the subject down, they identified the subject as Waybright, who was then searched for officer safety. Before the search Waybright was asked if he had anything on him that could harm the officer conducting the search in any way, the report states. He said there was not, but an orange syringe was found in Waybright’s pants pocket and he then told officers he did not know where it came from.

Waybright was then detained for further investigation and officers were told by a Go-Mart employee that Waybright had come into the store and attempted to buy two drinks but did not have any money, and the clerk asked him to leave, according to the complaint.

Waybright then went outside and fell asleep on the sidewalk, and was then asked to leave the property, the complaint states. About 15 minutes later the clerk allegedly observed Waybright dancing around the electrical box.

While being transported to the regional jail Waybright would not sit still inside the vehicle after being told several times to do so, and at one point slipped his cuffs under him in an attempt to get his arms in front of his body, according to the police report.


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