Man wrecks ATV with 3 kids

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Children were not wearing helmets, driver faces felonies

BUCKHANNON — An Ohio man has been arrested after allegedly driving an ATV with three children who were not wearing helmets and crashing into a gas meter.

Mario Green, 27, of Columbus, Ohio, was driving an ATV on the Waterloo Road with two 9-year-olds and a 4-year-old on the back of the vehicle on April 1, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

“The vehicle was driven in extremely reckless manner, throwing two of the children off of the vehicle,” deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department wrote in the criminal complaint.

After Green struck a gas meter, throwing one child to the ground, he then nearly struck witnesses near the scene before crashing into a ditch and fleeing on foot into the woods, according to the report.

None of the children were wearing helmets and Green did not have a valid driver’s license.

Green was located hiding in his girlfriend’s vehicle. He initially refused to get out of the vehicle when commanded by Gordon, according to the criminal complaint.

The children had scratches and redness on their arms, legs and heads.

Gordon arrested Green for three counts of gross child neglect creating injury, a felony.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $30,000.

If convicted, Green faces a $300 to $3,000 fine and/or imprisonment in a state correctional facility for one to 10 years.

In other local crime news, Bryce Chapman, 30, of Buckhannon, was arrested for domestic battery, a misdemeanor. On March 29, Sgt. Marshall Powers with the UCSD responded to a domestic call on the Old Elkins Road, where he learned that Chapman had allegedly grabbed and pulled the victim towards the ground by her hair and held her there. The victim captured video of the incident and had redness on her head. The victim and Chapman live in the same residence and have a child in common, according to the criminal complaint.

Hurst set bond at $10,000. If convicted, Chapman faces confinement in jail for not more than one year and/or a fine of up to $1,500.

On March 31, Charles R. Tenney, 27, of Adrian, was arrested for battery on a police officer and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors.

Gordon observed a black Chevy pick-up truck traveling south on Camden Avenue and initiated a traffic stop at Go-Mart for a defective headlight, according to the criminal complaint. Tenney allegedly exited the vehicle’s passenger seat in a hostile manner and refused to get back in the vehicle or provide his name to Gordon.

Tenney then demanded that he be allowed to fix the headlight, to which Gordon told him to stand in one place and be quiet, but he refused, according to the complaint. Gordon grabbed Tenney by the arm to keep him in place, at which time Tenney allegedly struck Gordon in the leg with his crutch. Tenney refused to put his arms behind his back, and when Gordon attempted to place handcuffs on Tenney, he allegedly threatened Gordon, who then put Tenney on the ground.

Tenney allegedly struck Gordon in the head with his hand and grabbed the handcuff, which was already on one hand, and twisted it around Gordon’s finger, causing it to bleed. After Gordon advised Tenney he would be tased if he did not comply, Gordon was able to forcibly place the remaining handcuff on Tenney.

Coffman set bond at $10,000.

If convicted, Tenney faces confinement in jail for up to a year and/or up to a fine of $500 for battery on an officer and confinement in jail for up to a year and a $50 to $500 fine for obstructing an officer.

Finally, Robby Russell Wright, 28, of Weston, was arrested for possession of meth, a misdemeanor, on April 1.

Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette with the WVSP were following Gordon back from a call when Gordon stopped in a wide spot on Route 20 to adjust a prisoner’s cuff. Robinette stopped and observed a silver Dodge Dakota also sitting in the wide spot. Gordon noticed the driver was Wright, who had an active warrant. Robinette approached the vehicle and made contact with Wright. He ran his information through the Upshur County Communications Center and found he had a bail piece from Richie County. Wright was placed under arrest, at which time he stated he had a meth pipe in his pocket that he had found in the vehicle. A search of Wright yielded the meth pipe and two clear plastic baggies with 1.17 grams of a clear substance that field tested positive for meth, according to the criminal complaint.

Hurst set bond at $1,500 personal recognizance.

If convicted, Wright faces confinement in jail for not less than 90 days to more than six months and/or up to a $1,000 fine.

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