July 18

DUI: Sgt. R.M. Combs reported he was driving east on Rogers Street when he saw a black Honda CR-V traveling west in the eastbound lane. Combs had to steer his cruiser into the opposing lane to miss the oncoming vehicle and avoid a collision. The officer then turned his cruiser around and activated emergency equipment to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle pulled over on Brick Street, and Combs reported making contact with the driver, Dana Gross, 63, of Bluefield, at approximately the same time that Ptlm. E.C. Nunn arrived to assist. Combs advised Nunn that he detected the odor of alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath. Nunn then asked the driver where he was coming from and where he was headed, at which time, Nunn also allegedly smelled alcohol on the driver.

Officers then asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, noting that he was allegedly unsteady on his feet, to the point of staggering and almost falling several times. Nunn then asked Gross if he would take part in standard field-sobriety testing. Gross allegedly agreed, and reportedly displayed impairment on multiple segments of the tests. 

A preliminary breath test yielded a blood-alcohol content result of 0.185. At that point, officers charged Gross with DUI and transported him to Princeton Police Department. Once at PPD, the suspect was read a copy of West Virginia Implied Consent form, which he agreed and signed. 

The suspect was then observed for the required 20 minutes and administered a secondary chemical test of his breath, which yielded a second BAC result of 0.206. Gross was then processed and transported to Southern Regional Jail.


July 20

BREACH OF PEACE, PUBLIC INTOXICATION: Ptlm. A.S. Epperson responded to a residence on Highland Avenue, where a disturbance was reported. On scene, the officer encountered Roger Butcher, 48, of Princeton, staggering and slurring his speech. Epperson advised he could also smell the strong odor of alcohol on the suspect, and he allegedly became very loud and attempted to incite violence as the officer approached. Epperson then placed Butcher into custody on charges of breach of peace and public intoxication. The suspect was then transported to Princeton Police Department to be processed and await arraignment. 


July 24

DOMESTIC BATTERY: Ptlm. C.C. Butler, E.D. Leftwich, and J.D. Shrewsbury responded to an apartment on Thornton Avenue, where a physical domestic disturbance was reported. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a man who reported his son was irate and fighting with the son’s mother and calling her obscene names. The verbal dispute allegedly escalated into a physical altercation, and the pair reportedly began destroying items in the living room. The son allegedly kicked the mother in the legs several times, at which point, the complainant said he intervened and attempted to stop the fight. While trying to stop the argument, the complainant said his son bit him in the chest area and scratched his left side under his arm. 

Shrewsbury saw the injuries and photographed the wounds. The son reported that his mother stabbed him on his left shin, but Shrewsbury advised the injury was not consistent with a slice or cut. The officer reported it appeared as if the son struck his shin on something, causing a relatively minor injury. 

Based upon statements provided at the scene, observation of injuries and the scene, Shrewsbury reported that Quinton Laxton, 18, of Lashmeet, was charged with two counts of domestic battery. The officer called Princeton Rescue Squad to respond and provide medical attention for all parties; but, all signed medical refusals. Laxton was then transported to Princeton Police Department for processing and to Mercer County Magistrate Court for arraignment.

VIOLATION OF A DVP, BATTERY: Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich took an on-station complaint from a couple, alleging a suspect attacked them in the parking lot of Princeton Community Hospital, as the boyfriend attempted to drop the girlfriend off to seek treatment for a gall bladder attack. The girlfriend had an active domestic violence protective order against the suspect, meaning the suspect was not to be within a defined distance of the girlfriend at any time. If he was close enough to commit a criminal battery against her and the man accompanying her, officers determined he was violating that order and arrested Michael Miller, 23, of Lashmeet, a short time later. Miller was also arrested on other active warrants at the time.