LOGAN, W.Va. — A Stollings woman was arrested recently for attempting to bride a public servant following an incident which started when the state police noticed she appeared to be intoxicated.
Trooper Firct Class C.S. Maynard and Trooper T.J. Hannon, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), report they were conducting a routine road patrol near Water Street in Logan when they saw a woman staggering near the roadway.
Officers report Mae Loretta Cantrell, 56, of Stollings, stumbled to the roadway in an attempt to flag down a driver.
When Cantrell began to yell at the driver, officers reportedly exited their car and made contact.
Maynard and Hannon report Cantrell emitted a strong smell of alcohol and was in possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage.
The criminal complaint filed by Maynard states, “Trooper Maynard is aware Ms. Cantrell has been arrested several previous times for public intoxication, and, while speaking with Ms. Cantrell, it was evident she was intoxicated to an unsafe point due to her inability to stand and speak.”
Officers report it was eventually determined Cantrell was attempting to solicit a ride to obtain food.
After Cantrell was placed into custody, she was allegedly belligerent toward Maynard and Hannon and began cursing at them.
While in transport to the WVSP Logan Detachment, Cantrell allegedly continued to make verbal threats to Hannon and Maynard.
Once Cantrell arrived at the Logan Detachment, she allegedly offered heroin and oral sex to Maynard and Hannon in exchange for her freedom.
After being warned she was attempting to bride a public servant, Cantrell allegedly said she would provide Hannon and Maynard with any kind of drug and oral sex if they would drive her to the Kentucky state line.
Cantrell was charged with third-offense public intoxication, soliciting a ride, obstruction and bribery of a public servant.
As part of a plea agreement, Cantrell plead guilty to obstructing and public intoxication.
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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]