LOGAN — A resident of Verdunville, W.Va. was recently arrested in downtown Logan after a traffic stop reportedly produced drugs.
Senior Trooper J.G. Honaker, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), reports he was observing traffic on Dingess Street in Logan Feb. 13 when he saw a vehicle with an expired expiration and a broken headlight.
After conducting a traffic stop, Honaker reportedly found Major Vance, 33, of Verdunville, to be the driver of the vehicle.
While checking Vance’s information, Honaker was reportedly informed by WVSP Communications Vance’s license was suspended for an active DUI.
Vance was also allegedly unable to produce proof of insurance for the vehicle.
The criminal complaint filed by Honaker states that, while searching Vance, Honaker was able to find, “…a clear plastic bag with a large amount of Gabapentin 800 mg in the defendant’s pocket. [Honaker] also able to locate two schedule two pills in the defendant’s pocket.”
Vance allegedly exhibited slurred, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet while walking the police cruiser.
Vance allegedly proceeded to fail the walk-and-turn and one-legged stand field sobriety tests.
The criminal complaint adds, “[Honaker] was advised by the defendant that he had taken nerve pills and…drove.”
Vance has been charged with misdemeanor counts not being able to produce proof of insurance, having expired registration, defective equipment, driving on a DUI revoked license, obtaining drugs from a source other an a physician and simple possession of a controlled substance.
If he is found guilty on all charges, Vance could be forced to spend up to 1.5 years in a state correctional facility and pay $8,600 in fines.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]