BUCKHANNON — A local man faces multiple charges after fleeing from authorities during a Friday evening traffic stop. According to court documents, 32-year-old Jesse Todd Miller was known by authorities to have active warrants and probation violations. He now stands accused of felony burglary and fleeing on foot, and will also answer to former charges of unlawful restraint, violation of a protective order and driving revoked for DUI.
The criminal complaint said WV State Police Troopers J.S. Tonkin and P.J. Robinette were patrolling the Vicksburg Road when they stopped a white 2004 Chevy Astro for defective registration lights. When the officer made contact with the driver, he was identified as Eric Francis Bellamy and advised that he did not possess a valid driver’s license. They also noticed another individual in the back seat of the car, who was identified as Jesse Todd Miller. The officer said he knew Miller from dealing with him on multiple calls throughout his career in Upshur County. Miller was reportedly known to have active warrants, so Robinette ordered the accused to remove himself from the vehicle for Tonkin to place him under arrest.
As Miller exited the vehicle, he allegedly began to take off on foot and was given numerous commands to stop. Robinette noticed the accused had fallen in his attempt to run and Tonkin tried to grab him. Miller continued to run after struggling away from Tonkin. The accused was then running toward Robinette, who managed to tackle him to the ground. Robinette had control of the accused long enough for Tonkin to restrain him.
Miller remains in custody at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a combined $35,000 bond set by Magistrate Kay Hurst.