BUCKHANNON — Colten Lee Foster, 25, Buckhannon, was charged with misdemeanor fleeing – no vehicle, on Feb. 28, 2019. According to the Upshur County Magistrate Court Criminal Complaint, Foster fled on foot from Cpl. Dewaine Linger. The incident occurred behind the residence at 106 Richwood Drive in Upshur County. Cpl. Linger’s report said he announced to Foster that he was the police and told him to stop twice. He also told Foster that he recognized him and if he did not stop, he would be charged with fleeing.
Foster was subsequently charged with the additional offenses of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of meth, and fleeing on March 2, 2019. He was also charged with the felony offense of fleeing from an officer in vehicle with reckless disregard on that same date.
According to the criminal complaint, Deputy Tyler Gordon and Sgt. Marshall Powers observed a white Toyota Corolla traveling north on Route 20 near Hinkleville, WV and believed Colten Lee Foster, a wanted person by state parole, to be a regular occupant of said vehicle. The officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the Corolla near Jack Acres Road. The vehicle failed to yield for blue lights on the officer’s marked patrol vehicle. Deputy Gordon said he activated two chirps on the siren and the vehicle turned into a driveway.
The officer exited his patrol car and ordered the defendant out of the vehicle. The defendant blatantly ignored both officers according to the criminal complaint. The defendant then reversed the vehicle at a high rate of speed, at which time Deputy Gordon had to step out of the way. The report stated the defendant then sped past Sgt. Powers who had just exited his patrol vehicle.
Officers then turned around and pursued the suspect vehicle, as it disregarded a stop sign turning back north on Route 20, reaching speeds in excess of 65 miles per hour. Road conditions were extremely wet at a temperature around 34 degrees. The vehicle continued to flee onto the Sago Road, to the Ivanhoe Road, then onto the Hickory Flat Road. The defendant again disregarded a stop sign turning onto the Hickory Flat Road and then turned onto the Skelton Road. The defendant failed to stop for another stop sign turning onto the Tallmansville Road.
According to the criminal complaint, as Buckhannon Police Department units were responding, the defendant attempted to turn into a driveway abruptly and slid over a hill, through a field, fence and back onto a small private drive, then failed to stop while entering back onto the Tallmansville Road. The defendant passed another vehicle, crossing a double yellow line before turning onto the Manning Road. The defendant continued to flee and turned right, running another stop sign onto Little Sand Run Road, where a pedestrian alongside the road was placed into danger by the fleeing defendant, per the report.
The vehicle fled onto the Lee Glass Road, then onto the Dewey Rice Road, where the vehicle had to come to a stop because it is a dead-end road. The defendant exited the driver’s seat of the vehicle and fled on foot. Colten Foster was subsequently apprehended by K9 AJ and taken into custody.
Deputy Gordon performed a search incident to arrest the defendant and located two containers containing leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Upon probable cause search of the vehicle, Deputy Gordon located several smoking devices and a clear container, containing a small amount of crystal-like substance, believed to be methamphetamine.
Colten Foster is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of $35,000 cash or surety bail on all charges.