GRAND LARCENY, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, TRANSFERRING STOLEN PROPERTY: Ptlm E.D. Leftwich responded on May 8 to a report of stolen property on South Ninth Street. A complainant there reported someone stole two aluminum scaffolds from the back of a flatbed trailer behind a residence. The scaffolds were estimated to be valued at approximately $1,000, and the two straps holding them in place were valued at approximately $40. The case was forwarded to the PPD Detective Bureau.
On Friday, May 11, officers were dispatched to the area of South Second Street in reference to a subject carrying an aluminum walk board toward Recycle West Virginia. Officers found a subject securing the walk board to a maroon Ford F-150. The truck’s owner reported he purchased the walk board from the subject carrying the board for $20.
Jeremy Plumley, 36, of Princeton, was taken into custody on the listed charges, and the walk board was identified by the complainant as one of his missing boards. It was returned to him as his property.
FLEEING FROM A POLICE OFFICER, OPEN CONTAINER: Officers responded to the Knob Street Park, where a complainant reported several subjects were consuming alcohol in the park. Upon arrival, officers located several open containers of alcohol, and two subjects were issued citations for the offense. While Ptlm. J.A. Angle was issuing citations, Ptlm. C.C. Butler began running the subjects’ information through Mercer County 911. As officers prepared to clear the scene and one of the subjects began to walk away from the park, Officers learned that the subject was wanted in Tennessee and had a “hit” on the National Crime Information Center database. As Butler called for the subject to come back to the spot where officers were standing, the subject began to run toward north toward Harrison Street and then east on Harrison Street. Officers searched the area for the subject before discovering him crouched behind an air conditioning unit in the 700 block of the street. Shaun Mills, 25, of Bluefield, was taken into custody on charges of fleeing from police and open container. He was transported to Princeton Police Department and processed according to departmental standards. Mills was then transported to Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.
PUBLIC INTOXICATION, OPEN CONTAINER, SIMPLE POSSESSION: While on patrol in Princeton, officers reported seeing a subject with an open container of alcoholic beverage, Steel Reserve in front of officers on Knob Street. As officers approached, Ptlm. J.A. Angle reported the subject, Justin Hurt, smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage when he spoke with officers. He allegedly told officers he was drinking beer before work the next day. He was placed under arrest for public intoxication and open container. After officers transported Hurt, 32, of Princeton, to PPD for processing and arraignment, they located a clear, plastic baggie containing a green plant believed to be marijuana and three round, yellow pills believed to be Clonazepam. A preliminary blood-alcohol content test reportedly yielded a 0.32 BAC.
BATTERY ON AN OFFICER, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, HIT AND RUN WITH DAMAGE, RECKLESS DRIVING: Officers received a 911 call that a gold vehicle had wrecked in Knob Street Park and was stuck against a tree and attempting to leave the scene. Ptlm. C.C. Butler and J.A. Angle entered the park from Maple Street and immediately observed a gold Kia Optima spinning its tires in the grass as the driver attempted to leave the park on the Knob Street side. As the vehicle made contact with the pavement, the driver of the vehicle struck Angle’s cruiser head-on and traveled west on Knob Street before heading back into the park, striking a chain-link fence valued at approximately $1,500, completely destroying several large shrubs estimated to be valued at roughly $500 along the fence line and striking a building in the back yard of the original complainant. The vehicle came to a rest against the outbuilding. The total damage, other than to Angle’s cruiser, was estimated at $2,000. The driver shut off the vehicle and exited the door, allegedly stumbling to the rear of the vehicle, yelling in a heavily slurred voice that she was sorry.
At that time, officers approached the woman and placed her under arrest. They reported smelling a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on her person. The driver reportedly told the officers she was sorry and that she did not mean to be drunk. She allegedly advised she was on her way to work.
After obtaining witness statements from the resident who sustained the damage, Butler transported the suspect driver, Eva Wimmer, 47, of Princeton, to Princeton Police Department for processing.
Once at the PPD, the driver agreed to attempt three standard field-sobriety tests in the fingerprint room, where she reportedly showed impairment on all three tests. A preliminary breath test allegedly registered a 0.204 on a blood-alcohol content measurement as well.
Wimmer reportedly told officers she had been through a tough week at work and had consumed about 1/4 of a bottle of Burnett’s whiskey at home before leaving for work. She was then read and agreed to the West Virginia Implied Consent form in order to proceed with a secondary chemical test of her breath to determine the official BAC. After being observed for more than 20 minutes, she attempted but was allegedly unable to provide a sufficient breath sample to determine the alcohol content of her blood.
Butler noted that he requested Princeton Fire Department first-responders examine Wimmer before processing her and transporting her to Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.