K-9 utilized to find fleeing suspect


BUCKHANNON — Anthony Allen Fisher, age 18 of New Martinsville, W. Va., was arrested following an incident on Monday, May 16. Due to the details of the crime, Fisher is facing charges of Fleeing on Foot, Fleeing while DUI, Fleeing with Reckless Indifference and Destruction of Property.

According to the criminal complaint, Upshur County Sherriff’s Deputy Tyler Chidester heard a loud vehicle start up on the Gougerville Road. As the vehicle left the Gougerville Road, it turned onto Gaines Road. Deputy Chidester allegedly attempted to catch up to the vehicle to perform a traffic stop but was unable to as it was traveling at excessive speeds.

Deputy Chidester suspected the vehicle travelled down Robey Ridge Road, due to no wet track marks. Because of this, the deputy decided to go to Salem Ridge Road in an effort to cut the vehicle off. As Deputy Chidester was traveling on Salem Ridge Road, a vehicle matching the description of the 1989 Orange Chevy Pickup was traveling towards him. Deputy Chidester then initiated a head-on style traffic stop and instructed the driver to turn off the vehicle, at which the defendant did, causing the vehicle to start drifting backwards down the road. The Chevy then started back up and backed into a field, as if he was going to stop for Deputy Chidester.

As Deputy Chidester began to exit his cruiser, the Chevy took off while spinning ruts in the field. The vehicle fled out Salem Ridge Road, going to the inside of several blind turns at speeds of approximately 50 miles per hour. The Chevy then turned onto Coon Club Road and then Guy Hardman Road, where Deputy Chidester lost sight of the vehicle.

After losing sight of the vehicle, it was discovered seconds later sitting in the middle of the road with the driver not in sight. Deputy Chidester then waited on Deputy Dan Barcus, Chief Deputy Mike Coffman, West Virginia State Trooper S. W. Shahan, Buckhannon Police Department Sergeant William Courtney and K-9 officer Erros to arrive. Once all had arrived the search for the driver began.

With the assistance of the above-named officers, Sergeant Courtney and K-9 Erros were able to locate the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Anthony Allen Fisher. Fisher was allegedly hiding approximately 100 yards from the scene of the abandoned vehicle.

As Precision Auto loaded the vehicle, it was learned that the battery cable had become disconnected. This was the reason for the vehicle being stopped in its location. The vehicle was also determined to have no W. Va. registration. The defendant was asked if he had taken any drugs, to which he allegedly responded that he had taken meth within the last four hours. A liquid filled syringe was also allegedly found in the area where Anthony fled on foot. Following his arrest, the defendant consented to a blood draw, which was performed at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Fisher is currently at Tygart Valley Regional Jail with a $40,000 cash only bond.

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