A resident of Columbus, Ohio who allegedly struck a West Virginia State Trooper in the face was arrested in Logan County Feb. 24.
Sgt. L.D. Hensley, with the West Virginia State Police, reportedly initiated a traffic stop on a black SUV because its registration was improperly displayed.
Upon initiation of a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle reportedly told Hensley his name was Antonio Campbell; however, after executing a search for Campbell’s records, Hensley reports he was informed that no such record existed for the name and date of birth provided by the driver.
After returning the vehicle, Hensley reports the driver of the vehicle began acting nervously and breathing heavily.
Hensley reportedly requested the driver exit the vehicle so they could be identified, and a search of the driver reportedly produced an alprazolam pill, a schedule four controlled substance, $650 and a small container.
The criminal complaint filed by Senior Trooper J.E. Garren states, “The driver reached in his pocket and pulled out a small container. Sgt. Hensley attempted to gain control of the container but the driver opened the container and swallowed several small baggies of a white power dry substance before Sgt. Hensley was able to stop the driver and knock the remaining two baggies to the ground.”
While attempting to place the driver in handcuffs, the driver reportedly turned around, struck Hensley in the face and fled the area.
The criminal complaint adds Hensley was unable to pursue the driver because there were more occupants in the vehicle.
After questioning a passenger, officers were reportedly able to find out the driver’s real name was Justin Antonio Patterson who was also known as Justin Antonio Jones.
A query on Patterson’s record showed his license was revoked for an active DUI from 2012.
Patterson has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of a schedule four controlled substance, assault and battery on an officer, driving with a license revoked for DUI, providing false information, obstruction and fleeing on foot.
Patterson’s bond was set to $100,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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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]