BUCKHANNON — A Junior man who led sheriff’s deputies on an Easter chase after allegedly stealing a four-wheeler was arrested for two offenses.
Christopher Lyle, 34, of Buckhannon was arrested for grand larceny, a felony, and reckless driving, a misdemeanor, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.
Deputy Tyler Chidester responded to a 911 call of a four-wheeler that had just been stolen from a residence on the Mt. Nebo Road. While en route to the residence, Chidester turned onto the Mt. Nebo Road and met a four-wheeler heading towards Route 33. The officer turned around to investigate further, and the four-wheeler driver fled from the deputy.
Chidester asked the E-911 center to get a description of the four-wheeler, which was a red and black Yamaha 600 Grizzly. Chidester confirmed that was the same four-wheeler fleeing from him, and Sgt. Marshall Powers, Deputy Seth Cutright and Chidester managed to get the four-wheeler to stop at the intersection of Mt. Nebo and Sand Fork roads. Lyle was apprehended and the four-wheeler was identified with the VIN verification.
Lyle allegedly admitted to stealing the four-wheeler.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $40,000 cash for the felony and $5,000 cash or surety for the misdemeanor.
A second arrest was made in the course of the pursuit.
As Chidester turned onto the Pappy Dean Road off of the Mt. Nebo Road while he was in pursuit of the four-wheeler, Kurry Crowl, 23, of Buckhannon, allegedly jumped into the path of Chidester’s cruiser, causing Chidester to almost hit him, according to the criminal complaint.
Chidester swerved and missed Crowl, who allegedly called Chidester names as he passed him.
Crowl was arrested for obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor.
Hurst set bond at $5,000.
If convicted, Crowl faces up to a year in jail and/or fined a $50 to $500.
In other crime news, Eric Wayne Lewis, 41, of Hacker Valley, was arrested for domestic battery, third offense, a felony.
On Saturday, April 15, Cpl. B.K. Wright with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded to an abandoned call on the Hardman Road where a female stated she needed help. While en route, Wright received a call that the alleged victim was now at Hinkle Drive awaiting law enforcement.
When Wright arrived, he observed the victim to be bleeding badly from around the left eye and the eye to be bruised and swollen, according to the criminal complaint in the magistrate clerk’s office. The victim said the cuts near the eye were made by a screwdriver that Lewis allegedly had in his hand when he hit her.
The victim, who was Lewis’s live-in girlfriend, stated that Lewis stopped the vehicle they were in and beat her in the face. However, she drove to her mother’s residence and called 911. The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital to receive treatment for her injuries.
Wright found Lewis hiding under a bed at a residence and Lewis told Wright he was not giving up and that he would have to shoot him. However, Lewis was taken into custody and taken to Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
Lewis has two prior domestic violence convictions from 2007 and 2013.
Hurst set bond at $75,000.
If convicted, Lewis faces confinement in a state correctional facility for one to five years or a fine of not more than $2,500, or both.