Man detained for reckless driving spree, passes school bus loaded with students

Edwin Darrell Pringle

BUCKHANNON — A French Creek man is being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on charges of reckless driving, as well as overtaking and passing a school bus.  According to the Upshur County Magistrate Court Criminal Complaints, Edwin Darrell Pringle, 68, was charged with the misdemeanor offenses on March 29.

Upshur County 911 center dispatched a call in reference to the report of a reckless driver in a white Ram 2500 that was pulling a black trailer while traveling north on Route 20.  The caller identified the driver as Darrell Pringle and said the vehicle was traveling at a high speed and passing multiple vehicles at a time while pulling a trailer, according to the report. 

The officer said while traveling south in attempt to locate the vehicle, two more calls were received, stating that this same vehicle was passing in a no passing zone, as well as in blind turns.  While staged at the corner of Stoney Run and Route 20, the officer said he witnessed that same vehicle passing others in a no passing zone in the area of the billboards north of the high school.  When the traffic stop was made, the defendant’s identity was confirmed and he was pulling a black dump trailer from A Plus Rentals. 

A separate criminal complaint was filed by Lieutenant Mark Davis on the same date of March 29.  The report stated that Edwin Pringle passed school bus number 86, driven by Christina Riley, which was stopped with red lights on while boarding children.  Pringle reportedly pulled around the bus, passed and then turned into the Cogar Trucking lot while a child was in front of the bus. 

Just five days prior, Pringle had previously been issued two citations for similar offenses.  The defendant was cited for passing in a no passing zone and reckless driving on March 24, according to court documents. 

Pringle’s bail is currently set at $10,000 on the charge of overtaking and passing a school bus, in addition to the $5,000 bail set for reckless driving.

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