LAKE, W.Va. — A man was arrested September 19 after he allegedly used his side-by-side vehicle (UTV) to flee from law enforcement.
Trooper M.J. Miller, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), reports he was conducting a routine patrol along County Rt. 7 when he saw a male driving a UTV.
Miller notes the male was drinking a beer while driving the vehicle.
When Miller attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the UTV allegedly made several turns to evade the traffic strop.
The driver reportedly turned on to Balls Branch and then Hobart Branch.
Miller reports he was able to make contact with a resident of Hobart Branch who advised the operator of the UTV was Joshua Aaron Woody, 35, of Lake.
The criminal complaint filed by Miller explains he had knowledge of Woody’s address from a previous investigation.
Miller was able to make contact with a person residing Woody’s home who stated Woody had passed the home and continued up the road.
After leaving the home, Miller reports he was contacted by WVSP Communications and told to return to the home.
When Miller returned to the residence, Woody was reportedly sitting on the home’s front steps.
Woody allegedly stated he fled the traffic stop because he did not want to go to jail because he did not have a driver’s license and he had been drinking.
Miller reports Woody smelled like alcohol and exhibited bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.
Woody allegedly failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus field sobriety test and stated he could not perform the walk-and-turn and one-legged stand tests because an injury.
The accused reportedly failed a preliminary breath test and a secondary chemical test allegedly showed a blood alcohol level of .083.
The criminal complaint filed by Miller adds, “The accused advised…he had been taking Lortab, Gabapentin and Tramadol.”
Woody is charged with third-offense DUI, fleeing in a vehicle while DUI, driving with a license revoked for DUI and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
A hold was placed on Woody’s bail until an arraignment could be held for charges he reportedly faces in Boone County.
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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]