Princeton Police blotter


June 23

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: At approximately 3:40 p.m., Ptlm. J.D. Shrewsbury, C.C. Gum, E.D. Leftwich, and J.A. Angle responded to the 900 Block of Park Avenue in regard to a large altercation occurring in the street. While responding Mercer 911 advised there was a weapon involved. When officers arrived, they made contact with two subjects who appeared to have started the altercation, and they were separated. Shrewsbury spoke with one in front of his residence, who claimed he was the alleged victim. As this subject maintained he was the one attacked, his girlfriend informed the officer she had captured the situation on video, and Shrewsbury asked to view it.

According to his report, the video clearly showed, her boyfriend, Christopher Skeens, 38, of Princeton, walking out to the middle of the street, screaming obscenities to a large group of people and grabbing his genital region.

Moments later, he attempted to fight the other man involved in the altercation, and Shrewsbury reported he was obviously the aggressor.

The officer arrested Skeens on a charge of disorderly conduct, due to the fact that he had asked him numerous times to quit screaming and yelling obscenities, and Skeens had refused to stop, all while maintaining a hostile posture. The other party involved was instructed to stay away from Skeens’ home and told authorities he would do so. Skeens was transported to Princeton Police Department for processing and later to Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.

June 26

DISORDERLY CONDUCT, RESISTING ARREST: At approximately 9:14 a.m., Ptlm. C.C. Gum and J.D. Shrewsbury responded to the 300 block of Thornton Avenue in reference to a domestic dispute. As the officers reached the scene, Mercer 911 advised a male subject had been dragged behind a vehicle as a female attempted to escape the scene. Officers, however, did not locate a male subject in the roadway or surrounding area.

They then went to the address of the dispute and located an irate male there, who alleged that his girlfriend’s daughter had dragged him down the street in her vehicle. Officers asked the man at the residence to calm down, but he reportedly persisted in becoming aggressive with officers, as he explained that his property was in the girlfriend’s daughter’s car, and he was determined to get it out of the vehicle as it was moving.

According to Shrewsbury’s report, Shrewsbury used a straight arm bar takedown to restrain the subject, but the complainant refused to remain calm. The officer contacted Princeton Rescue Squad to treat the man for his injuries sustained in the incident, but he reportedly adamantly refused treatment and signed a medical waiver.

Shrewsbury then placed Chase Farley, 30, of Princeton under arrest for disorderly conduct and for resisting arrest.

After that, the officers were able to contact the female involved in the situation. She reported Farley had taken an unknown substance prior to the officers’ arrival that made her afraid for her life to be around him. She reported that she tried to leave and that Farley grabbed onto her vehicle as she was pulling away.

The female stated she was afraid to stop for fear of what he would do if she did. Officers advised the female of how to obtain a domestic violence petition.

Shrewsbury then transported Farley to Princeton Police Department, processed him according to departmental regulations and placed him in jail to await arraignment.

June 30

BREACH OF PEACE, PUBLIC INTOXICATION: At around 9:12 p.m., Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich responded to the area of Bee Street, where a woman was reported behaving strangely.

Upon arrival, the officer located the woman, walking in the street, causing a hindrance to vehicles and people. Leftwich advised that Mindy Dillow, 24, of Princeton, allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on her person and that she was placed into custody for breach of peace and transported to Princeton Police Department, where she reportedly blew into a preliminary breath test, which yielded a blood alcohol content result of a blood-alcohol content result of 0.213 BAC.

DUI: Ptlm. E.C. Nunn responded to the area of Stafford Drive, where a complainant reported an possibly intoxicated driver operating a green Chevy S10 in the McDonald’s drive-through. As Nunn approached, he reported seeing a green truck leaving McDonald’s and followed the vehicle, which was actually a GMC truck with a Chevy tailgate. The officer reported seeing the truck weave back and forth, touching the yellow and white lines several times, while traveling from Stafford Drive to South Walker Street. At this time, the officer activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, at which time, the driver identified himself with his driver’s license, and Nunn reported he appeared to have bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol.

The officer asked if he had consumed any alcohol, and he reported that he was just eating a hashbrown. Nunn then had him step out of the vehicle, noting that he was extremely instead on his feet and almost fell while stepping onto the curb.

As the officer advised he was going to administer a preliminary breath test [PBT], the driver told him he would fail, and the PBT did register a blood-alcohol content result of 0.196 percent.

At that point, Jonathan Rife, 26, of Lashmeet, was then transported to Princeton Police Department, where Nunn asked if he would be willing to participate in field-sobriety testing, and Rife agreed. The officer reported the suspect showed impairment on all segments of the testing.

After he was observed for 20 minutes, he reportedly signed an implied consent form for a secondary chemical test of his breath, which registered a BAC result of 0.184 percent. At that point, Rife was processed and transported to Southern Regional Jail, pending his arraignment on a DUI charge.

July 1

OBSTRUCTING: While patrolling Princeton, Ptlm. J.A. Angle responded to Wimmer Lane in reference to a follow-up on a previous call. Angle was familiar with the female in question due to a previous traffic stop on June 29, and he was under the impression her name was different. While speaking with her at this time, the woman reportedly continued to lie about her name, and after several times, she finally admitted that her name was different. At that point, Tiffany Roberts, 34, of Princeton, was arrested on a charge of obstructing and on an outstanding warrant through Bluefield City Court.

BREACH OF PEACE: While patrolling Princeton, Ptlm. J.A. Angle responded to Beckley Road in reference to a female being highly intoxicated. The officer reportedly found Tyana Smith, 23, of Princeton, sitting in her mother’s yard, behaving belligerently, refusing to calm down. She also allegedly refused to comply with the officer’s orders.

The woman allegedly told the officer that she had consumed alcohol, suboxone and crack within the last two days. Due to her belligerent behavior and failure to obey officers’ orders Smith was arrested on the above outstanding charge.