BUCKHANNON — One Buckhannon resident is behind bars at Tygart Valley Regional Jail after what started as a response to a reckless driver on Monday, January 24.
Christopher Levi Cochran, age 30 of Buckhannon, is facing a charge of driving under the influence of narcotics. According to court documentation, Buckhannon Police Officer Angel McCauley responded to a call referencing a reckless driver who had hit a guardrail in an unknown location and had pulled into the parking lot of Buckhannon Sheetz. Upon arriving, Officer McCauley noticed a red Chevy Silverado, which was the same vehicle from the call, parked in a spot and still running.
The criminal complaint states that the officer approached and investigated the vehicle. In doing so, McCauley saw the defendant, later identified as Cochran, who appeared to be sleeping. The office proceeded to knock on the window and wake the defendant.
Upon exiting the vehicle, the criminal complaint states that the defendant allegedly admitted to using heroin approximately half an hour prior to arriving at Sheetz. This alleged admission prompted the officer to ask about the guardrail incident. The defendant answered saying he had not hit it but remembered nodding off.
According to the court documents, Officer McCauley showed the defendant damage to the front driver side of the vehicle. The defendant allegedly stated that he knew that he should not have been driving. Cochran was read his Miranda Rights and placed under arrest. After arriving back at the Buckhannon Police Department, Cochran once again allegedly admitted to using heroin and consented to a blood draw.
The defendant remains in the custody of TVRJ awaiting the posting of a $5,000 cash bail or surety bond to be posted.