Lemons arrested again for repeat violations


BUCKHANNON — After being arrested and posting bail on Friday, April 2, a Buckhannon man is once again facing the same charges just a few days later on Wednesday, April 7.

Robert Alan Lemons, age 44, was arrested last Friday after allegedly committing his third offense of driving on a suspended license with no insurance and improper registration. According to the original complaint on April 2, Chief Deputy Mike Coffman observed a 2004 maroon Chevy Trailblazer bearing the improper registration plates. The plates in fact, belonged to a 2000 Ford Explorer, which had reportedly been stolen in Braxton County.

Deputy Coffman observed Lemons driving the Trailblazer on County Route 151 and Vicksburg Rd. pulling into the Triple K Kustoms parking lot. After identifying Lemons, Deputy Coffman was aware the defendant’s license was suspended due to several unpaid citations, according to court documents. The complaint also stated that Lemons has a prior conviction in Upshur County Magistrate Court for driving on a revoked license in November 2020, as well as additional convictions for driving on a suspended license from August 2018 and November 2016.

When the officer sought proof of insurance on the Trailblazer on April 2, Lemons was unable to provide any and he was arrested and charged for driving while license suspended, non-DUI third offense, improper registration and no insurance.

After posting bail, the bondsman reportedly noticed the defendant driving again and confronted him, but Lemons and his girlfriend ran. The bail bondsman then revoked Lemon’s bond, according to Deputy Coffman.

Earlier this week, two deputies and the K-9 unit searched for Lemons near Mt. Lebanon, where he and his girlfriend had taken off. Lemons’ girlfriend was reportedly apprehended but later released.

Lemons was arrested once again on Wednesday, April 7, after deputies received a tip on his whereabouts. Deputy Coffman explained that the defendant was located just inside of Barbour County. “The state police arrested him on a bail piece and then the Sheriff’s office had warrants on him also,” Deputy Coffman stated. 

The defendant is now facing three additional charges, aside from the charges on April 2. In both incidents, Lemons was charged with the misdemeanor offenses of driving while license suspended non-DUI third offense, improper registration and no insurance.

Lemons is currently detained at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $2,500 cash only bond.

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