Police arrest man for DUI, find drugs

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BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon Police Department arrested a man for several offenses following a traffic stop Friday night.

Jason Ernest Bachman, 38, of French Creek, was arrested for DUI second offense, driving while license revoked for DUI second offense, obstructing an officer and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

Sgt. William Courtney spotted a vehicle driving with a headlight out and observed that the driver did not have a seatbelt on. After initiating a traffic stop, Courtney approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who gave his name as Michael Bachman and a birth date of June 17, 1978, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

However, the Upshur County 911 Center could not find any records matching that information. Bachman gave the same name and birth date as before, adding he had been on home confinement. The 911 center then advised the officer that the driver was Jason Bachman and he was trying to use his father’s name, according to the criminal complaint. 

A records search for Jason Bachman returned that his license was revoked for DUI effective Nov. 18, 2015 and unpaid citations effective Feb. 12, 2016.

After Courtney advised Bachman he knew his identity, Bachman then admitted to his real name and handed Courtney a driver’s license.

During a pat down search, Bachman handed over a marijuana bowl, two hydrocodone pills and an empty baggie with marijuana residue.

During standardized field sobriety tests, Bachman indicated impairment.

Courtney observed white powder under his nostrils and noticeable eyelid tremors.

Bachman allegedly told Courtney that he crushed his hydrocodone when he took it.

Bachman also had green residue on his tongue, common with smoking marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.

Bachman allegedly told Courtney that he had a prescription but could not show a prescription or bottle that went with the hydrocodone, according to the criminal complaint.

Bachman has one prior DUI conviction from Nov. 18, 2016.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $75,000.

If convicted, Bachman faces confinement in jail for six months to one year a possible $1,000 to $3,000 fine for DUI second offense; confinement in jail for six months to one year and a fine of $1,000 to $3,000 for driving while license revoked for DUI second offense; up to one year in jail and/or a fine of $50 to $500 for obstructing an officer; and 90 days to six months and/or a fine of  up to $1,000 for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

In other crime news:

* Donald Linger III, 18, of French Creek, was arrested for conspiracy to a felony, two counts, and attempted breaking and entering, a misdemeanor.

On two different dates between Dec. 29, 2016 and Jan. 11, 2017, Linger allegedly entered private property located at 1719 Gould Road in French Creek and attempted to break into a locked garage causing physical damage to said garage, according to the criminal complaint.

Linger allegedly admitted to Cpl. T.A. Menendez with the West Virginia State Police that he and a juvenile attempted to break into the garage twice, with the juvenile keeping lookout. However, the juvenile allegedly told Menendez that he actually assisted Linger in attempting to pull the garage door open by force, causing damage.

The damage was estimated at $846.33.

Coffman set bond at $60,000.

If convicted, Linger faces confinement of one to five years and/or a fine of up to $10,000 on each count of conspiracy and one to three years or confinement in jail not less than six months nor more than a year and up to a $500 fine for attempted breaking and entering.

* Brandon Cable, 23, of Buckhannon, was arrested for joyriding and driving suspended, both misdemeanors, following a stolen vehicle complaint.

On Feb. 8, Deputy Tyler Chidester responded to Bailey Ridge Road in reference to a vehicle being stolen from William Clevenger. Clevenger’s mother first noticed the 2012 Ford F-150 was missing. Not long after arriving on scene, Chidester was notified by Sgt. Marshall Powers that the vehicle had been located at Valley Green Apartments.

Chidester then found Cable in an apartment, where Cable allegedly admitted he had taken the truck without consent and drove it to Valley Green.

Cable’s license had been suspended previously for unpaid citations.

Coffman set bond at $20,000.

If convicted, Cable faces a $100 to $500 fine for driving suspended and up to a $500 fine and/or jail to six months for joyriding.

* Cassondra A. Musick, 34, of Buckhannon, was arrested for telephone harassment, a misdemeanor.

Musick had been served a domestic violence protective order on Dec. 8 at which time she was instructed not to contact the children or the father, Marc Collett, listed on the order, according to the criminal complaint. On Feb. 6, Collett supplied Cpl. B.K. Wright with numerous emails and text messages allegedly from Musick directed to his cell phone.

Coffman set bond at $10,000.

If convicted, Musick faces confinement in jail for up to six months and/or up to a $500 fine.

* Heath Brian Foster, 40, of Rock Cave, was arrested for trespassing and driving while license revoked for DUI, first offense, both misdemeanors.

On Feb. 13, Chidester and Deputy Tyler Gordon went to Foster’s residence in Rock Cave in reference to an investigation regarding a vehicle pursuit from the previous week which led from Route 4 onto Whites Camp Road, then busting through a gate to a leased property. Foster allegedly admitted to the deputies that he went on the posted property and retrieved the same vehicle involved in the pursuit and drove it to his residence, also on the Whites Camp Road, when his license was revoked for DUI effective April 12, 2001.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $2,000.

If convicted, Foster faces a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 for trespassing and confinement in jail not less than 30 days nor more than six months and a fine of $100 to $500 for driving while license revoked for DUI first offense.

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