Buckhannon man arrested for frequent fleeing


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man is being held on a combined $20,000.00 cash only bond after repeatedly fleeing from law enforcement since early April.

Douglas Keith Bowser, age 39, was finally apprehended and transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail Tuesday after fleeing from officers on multiple occurrences. On Monday, April 12 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Chief Deputy Mike Coffman responded to a call asking for a removal of an unwanted person at a residence on Upper Childers Run Road. According to court documents, Chief Deputy Coffman arrived on scene and while speaking to the owner of the residence, witnessed a red ATV traveling north. Coffman was advised by the property owner that the man on the ATV was the person in question for removal.

The ATV was stopped and the driver was identified as Bowser, who was reportedly operating the vehicle with a revoked drivers license. The defendant advised that he had no identification on his person and then proceeded to apply pressure to the gas. Bowser fled from the stop at a high rate of speed over a hill, on the opposite side of the roadway, according to court documents. Sgt. Dewaine Linger was en route to assist with the stop as officers attempted to locate the defendant in the direction that he fled. Deputies were unsuccessful in an attempt to cut the defendant off where the road came out, so the chase was called off by Chief Deputy Coffman due to knowing the driver’s identity from previous interactions with the defendant. A warrant was then issued for Bowser’s arrest for fleeing from an officer in a vehicle and third offense driving while license revoked for DUI, a felony.

On Tuesday, May 11, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Chief Deputy Coffman was on Childers Run Road and witnessed a male fitting the description of Bowser at the previous residence. According to court documents, the subject saw the deputy and fled again on the red ATV. The subject was identified as Bowser who was wanted on felony and misdemeanor warrants. Bowser fled through a field of high grass, where the ATV broke down. The defendant then fled towards Coffman, who ordered Bowser to stop. Bowser allegedly turned and fled on foot into a wooded area and evaded apprehension once again. Officers were called to bring a K-9 unit to assist but were unsuccessful and the search was called off once more.

Later that same day, at approximately 1 p.m., Deputy Dakota Linger and Chief Deputy Coffman were patrolling the Upper Childers Run Road area when they witnessed Bowser identify them and flee down a hill, through a field of high grass, and into a wooded area yet again. Deputy Linger pursued the subject on foot while Coffman attempted to get in front of Bowser. This final attempt to detain Bowser was successful and without incident.

Bowser was charged with two counts of fleeing from an officer in a vehicle, one count of third offense driving revoked for DUI, and two counts of fleeing from an officer on foot. If convicted of fleeing in a vehicle, Bowser faces up to a year in jail and a fine of $500-$1,000 on each count. Fleeing on foot carries a possible penalty of up to a year in jail and/or a fine of $50-$500 for each count. Additionally, Bowser faces 1-3 years in prison and a $3,000-$5,000 fine if convicted of felony driving revoked for DUI.

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