Man caught on capias during welfare check


BUCKHANNON — A Sunday call for a welfare check in Bridgeport ended with arrest after officers found drugs in the man’s possession. Shortly after responding, law enforcement discovered the Bridgeport man also had an Upshur County capias for his arrest.

According to criminal complaints, Jason Eugene Todd, age 49, was arrested after officers found drugs when they responded to check on the man who had been sleeping in his truck parked at GoMart for over two hours. Upon arrival, Todd reportedly appeared confused and disoriented as he was reaching around his truck. Officers asked the man to stop and after failure to do so, Todd was asked to leave his vehicle.

During a search of his person, the officers found .69 grams of methamphetamine, 16.5 alprazolam (Xanax) pills, 74 hydrocodone pills, and $354 in cash, according to the complaint.

Court documents said the defendant had previously been charged by Deputy M. Kelley for driving on a suspended license, no insurance, and no motor vehicle inspection in Upshur County on December 16, 2019. On the same date, Todd appeared before the Upshur County Magistrate and was released on a personal recognizance bond on all three charges.

On November 19, 2020 and December 9, 2020, Todd reportedly failed to appear at hearings scheduled in Upshur County Magistrate Court. All hearing notices were mailed out and not returned, according to the complaint. Following his failure to appear twice, Todd was charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to appear.

In addition to his pending charges in Upshur County, Todd was also charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He is currently being detained at the North Central Regional Jail with a combined $27,000 bond. 

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