Local man leads officers on high speed chase


BUCKHANNON — One local man is behind bars after leading officers on a high speed chase ending in a crash on Wednesday, May 18.

According to court documentation, Upshur County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Coffman performed a traffic stop on a 2001 green Harley Davidson motorcycle on Little Sand Run Road. As Chief Deputy Coffman was approaching the motorcycle, the driver later identified as Anthony Wayne Rowan, age 48 of Buckhannon, allegedly accelerated and began to flee at an extremely high rate of speed.

The criminal complaint stated that Chief Deputy Coffman, Deputy Tanner Collins and West Virginia State Trooper First Class P. J. Robinette pursued the motorcycle down Little Sand Run and Ivy Road. It was reported that Rowan was allegedly traveling at approximately 73 MPH on unlined roads. The complaint stated that Rowan lost control of the motorcycle multiple times but was able to regain control.

The documentation explained that Rowan continued to flee, eventually driving through a yard and up a steep embankment on Ivy Road. This is when, officers stated, that Rowan completely lost control and crashed. Upon clearing any possible injuries, Rowan was arrested and is now facing charges of Felony Fleeing, Driving while License Suspended (2nd Offense), No Insurance and Improper Registration.

Rowan is currently housed at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $40,000 cash only bond.

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