Buckhannon man facing felony charge after Tuesday incident

BUCKHANNON — A local man was arrested on Tuesday, August 2 and is now facing a felony charge.

On Saturday, January 29, 2022, Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Cole Bender observed a black 2000 Dodge Dakota with a loud exhaust and no rear compartment glass going northbound on Fifth Street in Buckhannon. The officer was able to catch up to the vehicle on Route 33 in the eastbound lane, where he initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, later identified as 55-year-old Ernest Lee McFarlin.

The defendant allegedly advised law enforcement that he was test driving the vehicle for a friend, who the vehicle was registered to. McFarlin also allegedly advised that he did not have a West Virginia driver’s license.

After running his identification through verification via the Upshur County Communications Center, Deputy Bender was informed that McFarlin’s license had been suspended for previous unpaid citations, with two prior convictions.

Following the stop and through further investigation, Deputy Bender discovered that McFarlin’s license had been revoked for a DUI on top of the unpaid citations and that he also had two prior convictions for driving while revoked for a DUI.

The two previous convictions were from Thursday, April 4, 2019 and Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

McFarlin is currently being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail, facing a felony charge for driving while license revoked for DUI in the third offense. The defendant’s bond was set as $4,000 cash or surety and $6,000 personal recognizance, totaling $10,000.


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