Travis Carver

PRINCETON —  A local man who was arrested after speeding away with a vehicle while its driver was dropping off her father at Princeton Community Hospital has been charged with grand larceny, according to the Princeton Police Department.

Travis Carver, 33, of Princeton faces charges including fleeing in a vehicle, grand larceny, and destruction of property, according to Princeton police. He is currently being held at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

The incident occurred about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday when the owner of a Kia Rio said that a “short, scruffy white male” had gotten into her vehicle while she was dropping her elderly father off at Princeton Community Hospital and sped away toward Route 20. After reviewing hospital security camera footage, Patrolman J.A. Angle of the Princeton Police Department identified the suspect as Travis Carver.

Two Princeton officers, Patrolman W.W. McGuire and Sgt. C.C. Butler, began canvasing the area Carver was believed to be in, according to McGuire’s report.

While traveling east on Route 10 near Lashmeet, a red Kia Rio matching the stolen vehicle’s description passed McGuire. The Rio appeared to be going “in gross excess of the posted speed limit,” according to the incident report. Butler attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the Rio began fleeing at speeds of more than 100 mph.

After traveling approximately 1 mile on Route 10 at speeds exceeding 100 mph the driver made a right turn onto Reese Harmon Ridge Road, according to the report. Due to the speed, Butler and McGuire were unable to see the turn onto that road. Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and troopers with the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment canvassed the area. Shortly after the car went onto Reese Harmon Ridge, Patrolman Angle advised that he had taken Carver into custody in the Acuff Lane area.

Officers found the vehicle in the area of 407 Reese Harmon Ridge Road. The vehicle’s owner was contacted, McGuire said.

“While at the Princeton Police Department, Carver became irate and disorderly, causing destructive damage to a toilet water supply line,” McGuire said in the report.

Carver was charged with fleeing in a vehicle, grand larceny and destruction of property. He was being held Thursday at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com