Man faces drug charges after fleeing from traffic stop


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man remains jailed on misdemeanor charges for possession of controlled substances and fleeing from an officer on Monday.

John Arthur Absher, age 53, was pulled over for defective equipment on his vehicle in a traffic stop initiated by Buckhannon Police Department’s Patrolman Donald Kraemer. While Kraemer radioed Upshur County Comm. Center, Absher reportedly exited his vehicle and fled the scene through a backyard. Kraemer was unable to catch him but did locate a small black case along the path Absher took towards Route 20. When the officer returned to the car, the two passengers were gone.

While searching the vehicle, Kraemer was contacted by Deputy Dakota Linger, who had detained a male on Barbour Street matching Absher’s description. Upon arrival, Kraemer immediately recognized the man as the driver of the vehicle and placed him under arrest. During a search incident to arrest, the report said Kraemer located 1.5 grams of a leafy green substance that Absher admitted was marijuana. After being read his Miranda Warning, the accused also admitted the black case found earlier was his. According to court documents, another 1.1 grams of marijuana was found inside, as well as 0.4 grams of a white crystalline substance Absher admitted was methamphetamine, and 0.4 grams of a white powdery substance he admitted was heroin.

Absher was charged with three separate misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance; one each for possession of marijuana, meth and heroin, as well as a misdemeanor charge of fleeing on foot from an officer.

The defendant is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $1,000 bond for each possession charge and a $5,000 bond for fleeing, plus a $12 LET fee for each charge. If convicted on the possession charges, Absher faces confinement in jail for between 90 days and six months and/or a fine of not more than $1,000 for each count. If convicted of fleeing on foot, Absher faces a fine of $50 to $500 and confinement in jail for not more than one year.

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