Deputies detain driver for drugs

BUCKHANNON — A local man and woman remain jailed following a traffic stop that yielded drugs early Monday morning.

According to court documents, Kayla Renee Herron, age 27, was driving a silver 2019 Chevy Cruze with dark tint in the front windows on Slab Camp Road when Chief Deputy Mike Coffman attempted to make a traffic stop at approximately 5 a.m.

The officer said he initiated blue lights, but the driver jerked the wheel and then turned on a blinker, followed by hazard lights, yet failed to stop the car despite multiple sirens sounding warnings to pull over. After driving approximately 20 MPH for 1.3 miles, the car finally stopped at the French Creek Car Wash.

Deputy Cole Bender arrived to assist shortly after Deputy Coffman made contact with the three occupants of the car. Herron was identified as the driver and her two passengers—Corey Shane Bailey and Charles Riley—were both reportedly located in the backseat of the car. The officers ran all three subjects through the Magistrate Portal, which revealed a warrant for Bailey’s arrest forthwith.

Bailey and Herron both allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana and three field sobriety tests were administered to the driver. According to court documents, Herron showed signs of impairment and later consented to a DUI blood draw at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

While standing outside the car, Deputy Coffman reportedly noticed a small grinding device in the cup holder and Herron handed it to him to open for inspection. Inside, the officer said he detected the strong odor of marijuana and subsequently searched the vehicle. A small baggie containing marijuana and another baggie with presumed methamphetamine residue, as well as a smoking device with trace amounts of meth were also discovered inside the vehicle.

Herron was placed under arrest, then taken to the Sheriff’s Office for processing, followed by her hospital blood draw and finally to Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where she remains on a $5,000 cash only bond set by Magistrate Mark Davis. Bailey was also transported to TVRJ where he remains on his capias arrest.

Herron faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, DUI controlled substance, and operation of vehicle on approach of authorized emergency vehicle for failing to stop as directed.


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