Princeton Police blotter...


Aug. 17

DUI, HIT AND RUN, NO OPERATOR’S: At approximately 9:11 p.m., Ptlm. C.C. Butler received a report from the area of North Walker Street in reference to a hit-and-run incident that had just happened. The caller was an off-duty deputy at the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department who reported seeing a red Kia Spectra traveling south on North Walker Street strike a parked work van with a passenger-side front fender. The deputy then followed the red car to a residence on Lovell Avenue. Butler responded to North Walker, where he observed fresh red paint on the van. He could not locate the owner of the van, because he was at work, but Ptlm. J.A. Angle responded to Lovell Avenue, where the officer located the owner of the red car, who allegedly denied striking any parked vehicle with the red car, even though Angle allegedly smelled alcohol on this breath. Angle also reported the suspect had bloodshot eyes and was unsteady on his feet.

After speaking with Darris Foust, 53, of Princeton, for several minutes, Foust allegedly advised he had made a mistake and struck the van. He said he got scared because he knew he had been drinking. Foust reported he drank several large bottles of XXX, which is an alcoholic beverage, prior to attempting to trying to drive home.

The suspect attempted field sobriety testing, on which officers reported he showed impairment on two of three segments. He then provided a breath sample for a preliminary blood-alcohol content test, which registered a 0.202 BAC. He was then arrested on a DUI charge, hit-and-run with damage and no operator’s license. While running his information through Mercer 911, officers learned he only possessed a West Virginia ID, not a driver’s license.

Officers also noted the insurance card he provided for the vehicle was listed in another driver’s name.

At Princeton Police Department, after observing the suspect for the required 20 minutes, the suspect allegedly signed the West Virginia implied consent form for a secondary chemical test. He provided a breath sample, which reportedly registered a 0.204 BAC. Foust  was then processed and transported to Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.

DUI, POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: At approximately 7:04 p.m., Ptlm. W.W. McGuire responded to the intersection of Mercer and South Seventh streets to assist other officers with a male subject. Upon arrival, Ptlm. J.D. Shrewsbury advised he had observed the suspect driving a white Subaru Outback exiting the parking lot of the Sunoco station pulling eastbound onto Mercer Street. Shrewsbury further reported he saw the male having extreme distress in getting backed out of his parking space and proceeded to drive in an erratic manner, at which time, Shrewsbury and Ptlm. S.W. Owens conducted a traffic stop with that vehicle on Mercer Street. At that point, the driver alleged he had smoked “crystal meth” approximately 30 minutes prior to driving. The suspect, Robert Taylor, 69, of Princeton, was taken into custody and situated in the rear seat of a cruiser for transport, and a search of his vehicle was conducted on suspicion of narcotic activity, during which, a glass smoking pipe and approximately one gram of crystal meth was reportedly located.

Taylor was then transported to Princeton Community Hospital for a blood draw to be conducted by hospital staff, with a blood draw affidavit signed by the accused at 7:37 p.m. After completion of the test, Taylor was transported to PPD, where West Virginia field sobriety testing was performed by Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich. The suspect showed impairment on multiple segments of the field sobriety tests and was charged with DUI-drugs and possession of the controlled substance, based on the material that appeared to be crystal meth found in his vehicle.

DUI UNDER 21: At approximately 11:39 p.m., Ptlm. C.C. Butler was contacted by an off-duty officer in reference to a gold Dodge Caravan traveling erratically. The caller stated the driver had traveled into the ditch several times and was swerving in and out of both lanes. The officer located the suspect vehicle on Beckley Road traveling toward him. Butler activated his emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop. Upon approaching the driver side, the officer reported smelling alcohol. The driver alleged he was traveling from Pipestem. Butler reported the driver spoke with slurred speech. When asked if he had been drinking, he alleged he had a couple of beers.

The driver allegedly attempted field sobriety testing and showed impairment on all three segments. Jayson Perdue, 20, of Princeton, then provided a breath sample for a preliminary blood-alcohol content sample, which which reportedly registered a 0.137 BAC. Perdue then was taken into custody for driving over the legal BAC. Butler noted Perdue’s birthday is Dec. 25, 1997, which makes him 20 years old until Christmas Day.

Perdue was read and signed the implied consent form and was observed for 20 minutes. At that point, he provided another sample for a secondary chemical test, which reportedly registered a 0.134 BAC. Perdue was then processed on the DUI charge and taken to Southern Regional Jail.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT: Ptlm. S.W. Owens, R.S. Owens and J.D. Shrewsbury responded on foot to the U.S. Post Office Parking Lot on Mercer Street in reference to a male that had allegedly hit and broken the front windshield of a white Jeep Cherokee with two women and a small child inside the vehicle. Officers arrived on foot to discover that the male had left the scene in a white Dodge truck with a blue LED light on it. Ptlm. S.W. Owens then made sure the females were OK, as well as the child. He also identified the females. Officers obtained the suspect’s phone number and called him to tell him to come back to the post office parking lot. They were informed he was en route to Princeton Police Department to turn himself in. They then contacted Ptlm. W.W. McGuire, who was at PPD headquarters. He then took Jonathan East, 22, of Princeton, into custody on a domestic assault charge. Owens, who wrote the report, noted that the child inside the Jeep Cherokee when East broke the windshield was less than 1 year old at the time.

Aug. 19

SHOPLIFTING: Ptlm. C.C. Gum responded to Grants on East Main Street, where a shoplifter was reported and was still in the store. Upon arrival, the officer was met at the door by an employee who identified the suspect as Joshua Long, who allegedly concealed two juice boxes in his pants. Upon noticing he was being observed, the suspect allegedly attempted to put the suspect picking up the juice boxes, placing one in his shorts pocket and the other one under his shirt. Gum then placed Long, 20, of Princeton, under arrest for shoplifting. The officer noted Long was already on bond with the City of Princeton, and the city revoked bond as a result of the charge.

Aug. 21

OBSTRUCTING: At approximately 11:23 p.m., Ptlm. W.W. McGuire and Lt. D.A. Weatherly responded to the area of Bluefield Avenue, where a suspicious female was reported in a heated verbal altercation. Weatherly reported seeing a male and female involved in an altercation outside a residence, and officers converged on the home. The couple reported they were arguing about financial matters. The male allegedly grabbed the female by the arm, pulled her into the home and closed the door. Despite officers’ clear, persistent instructions to come back outside and speak with them, the male remained inside the home and refused to exit. When Andrew T. Janes, 32, of Princeton, did finally exit, he was into custody and allegedly pulled and resisted McGuire. Janes was taken into custody with the help of Ptlm. E.D. Leftwich and placed into a cruiser for transport on an obstructing charge.

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