FAILURE TO APPEAR, FLEEING IN A VEHICLE, RECKLESS DRIVING, FAILURE TO OBEY STOP SIGN: Ptlm. R.S. Dyson and Ptlm. J.D. Shrewsbury assisted Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich on a traffic stop on Christie Avenue, when Shrewsbury reported seeing a tan sedan attempting to turn onto Christie and nearly strike the stop sign. The vehicle then allegedly backed up and rapidly accelerated north onto Park Avenue. Dyson and Shrewsbury then cleared Leftwich’s stop and activated their emergency lights and siren to attempt another stop at the intersection of Park Avenue and Henry Street, traveling at a high rate of speed.
The officers briefly lost sight of the sedan before regaining visual contact as the vehicle turned west onto Meador Street, and Shrewsbury reported seeing the vehicle pass a black SUV on the right side of the road, also failing to obey the stop sign at the intersection of Meador and Hale Street Extension. Finally, the vehicle came to a rest at the intersection of Hale Street Extension and Low Gap Road. Dyson and Shrewsbury then conducted a felony traffic stop and detained the male driver and female passenger.
Once they were secured in handcuffs, the officers identified the subjects and asked why they fled from the police. At that time, the male driver advised he was driving on a suspended license and did not want to be stopped. Upon conducting a pat-down to search for weapons, the driver advised he had marijuana in his front pants pocket. Dyson allegedly recovered a small baggie of green, leafy substance consistent with marijuana. A warrant check on the subjects revealed that the license was suspended for the driver, Derek Phillips, 38, of Princeton. The passenger, Emily Reed, 24, of Princeton, also had an active warrant alleging failure to appear for a traffic violation. There was also no proof of insurance found inside the vehicle.
Shrewsbury arrested Phillips on fleeing in a vehicle, attempting to evade and escape law enforcement, two counts of failure to obey a stop signs after he ran stop signs at intersection of Henry Street and Park Avenue and Meadow Street and Hale Street Extension, passing in a no-passing lane, driving suspended, no insurance, and simple possession of marijuana. Reed was placed under arrest for the active warrants issued by the City Court of Princeton.
Mountain State Towing towed the vehicle. Both subjects were transported to Princeton Police Department, where they were processed and escorted for arraignment.
DRIVING REVOKED FOR DUI, DRIVING SUSPENDED, LEFT OF CENTER: At approximately 7:41 p.m., Ptlm. J.E. Carroll was patrolling the Beckley Road area when he reported seeing a blue Buick Century with Tennessee registration traveling left of the center line. The officer initiated a traffic stop in the area of Cutlip’s Lawn and Garden. When the vehicle came to a complete stop and the officer approached the driver’s side window, Carroll reported that the driver told him he only had a West Virginia ID card because his previous license was suspended.
The officer ran the driver’s identification through Mercer 911, learning that his license was actually revoked for DUI in both West Virginia and Virginia. Carroll then placed the driver, Gregory Simmons, 46, of Morristown, Tenn., under arrest and transported him to PPD for processing and arraignment. While at PPD, the officer received a certified driving history from Mercer 911, verifying that the driver’s license was, in fact, revoked.
DRIVING SUSPENDED, THIRD OFFENSE: At approximately 8 p.m., Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich reported seeing a red Ford Focus with a Virginia registration parked near the intersection of High Street and Beckley Road. Due to the vehicle’s presence in a residential neighborhood and the driver’s suspicious activity, the officer initiated a traffic stop to check on the driver and the vehicle’s three occupants. The officer learned the driver was operating the vehicle on a license with a revoked status and two previous driving revoked convictions, all in the state of Virginia. The conviction dates were listed on Jan. 13, 2010, and July 14, 2016. The driver also stated he had driven to Beckley Road and was on his way to Mercer Mall from Tazewell, Va. Frank D. Brown, 25, of North Tazewell, Va., was charged with third-offense driving suspended.
DOMESTIC BATTERY, STRANGULATION: Officers responded to a domestic battery call at an apartment on Stafford Drive, where the disturbance had reportedly already occurred. Upon arrival Ptlm. D. Gibson and Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich made contact with four subjects in the apartment. The female subject allegedly had visible abrasions on her face, chest, and arms. Gibson reported seeing broken dishes, scattered food and other disarray in the kitchen area of the home.
The female advised she lived in the apartment with her boyfriend, and they allegedly argued about accusations the boyfriend made regarding another suspected love interest. She told officers the boyfriend struck her in the face, but she refused to provide a written statement at that time.
Lt. J.D. Halsey spoke with the brother of the suspect. The brother alleged the suspect struck the alleged victim in the face with a closed fist on the evening of Dec. 22, and Gibson reported seeing blood and multiple markings on the knuckles of the suspect’s hands.
The suspect, Thaddeus Myers, 34, of Princeton, was then arrested on a charge of domestic battery. Gibson contacted the girlfriend by phone and asked again if she would provide a written statement. The girlfriend said she would like to provide a written statement and would talk to Gibson.
The officer then took additional photos of the victim’s injuries. In the girlfriend’s statement, she said Myers had strangled her to the point that she had “passed out several times as he choked her.” Gibson then added strangulation to Myers’ charge of domestic battery.
DOMESTIC BATTERY: At approximately 12:30 p.m., Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich responded to a residence on Straley Avenue, where a domestic battery was reported in progress. Mercer 911 reported that a woman advised a male and female had entered the residence, hit a woman and “tore up” the apartment. As the officer approached the apartment, he saw one of the suspects, Darian Gray, 25, of Princeton, and placed him in custody. The officer then proceeded to the apartment, where the complainant advised that the suspect in custody and threatened her and the female suspect hit her.
Leftwich reported seeing fresh bruises on the victim and asked where the female suspect could be found. He located the female suspect in Apartment 1 in the complex and placed Tabitha Dickerson, 22, of Princeton, under arrest. Dickerson is related to the alleged victim, and Dickerson and Gray are allegedly dating each other, accounting for the domestic relationship in the situation.
Both Gray and Dickerson were charged with domestic battery and transported to PPD for processing.