Debbie RolenStaff Writer
May 15, 2013
CHAPMANVILLE — The West Virginia State Police responded to a domestic situation, then became involved in a chase led by the suspect, who was riding an all terrain vehicle (ATV).
The criminal complaint says the officers were told by the victim that her brother had tried to run over her and her niece on a red ATV.
Officers were able to locate the ATV, which was being driven by David Joe Whitt, 45, of Chapmanville. Whitt was on Crawley Creek Road when the officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the ATV swerved into oncoming traffic and fled down Eagles Roost Road.
Officers followed the vehicle, watching as the suspect almost ran off the road several times. The officers noted in the complaint the suspect operated the ATV in a manner showing a reckless indifference to the safety of others.
Whitt continued on an ATV path still failing to stop for the officers, who had to stop once they could no longer follow the path of the ATV.
Officers spoke to witnesses who stated to the officers they heard the sirens and saw David Whitt failing to stop. A written statement was obtained from one of the neighbors who saw the incident.
Whitt was arrested and charged with driving revoked (DUI), no helmet, ATV on center-lined road, reckless driving, two counts of fleeing on vehicle, left of center and two counts of domestic assault.