Police arrest man for felonies after he flees from officers


BUCKHANNON — A man who allegedly fled from officers in August was arrested for several offenses this week.

Joseph Patrick Herron, 34, of Buckhannon, was arrested for fleeing from an officer in vehicle with reckless disregard and three counts of driving while license revoked for DUI third offense, all felonies.

On Aug. 14, deputy Tyler Gordon observed a silver Subaru leaving Black Diamond Towing Shop, traveling west on Thurman Avenue at a high rate of speed, and failing to yield to two stop signs on Thurman Avenue and First Street, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. As Gordon tried to catch up to the Subaru, the driver of the vehicle, later determined to be Herron, deactivated his taillights on North Florida. When he reached Route 151, Gordon activated his emergency blue lights and siren. The Subaru was allegedly traveling over 90 mph in a 35 mph zone, but Gordon caught up to the vehicle as it was turning into Tenney’s Mobile Home Park. The driver turned onto Poplar Street and fled on foot southbound in the direction of Reeve’s Street. Two red sandals were left at the scene.

During a search of the vehicle, officers recovered several clear plastic baggies commonly used in the sale and or delivery of a controlled substances and two digital scales, one of which had the name Joe H.

On Aug. 19, Herron was arrested on a bail piece and interviewed. Herron allegedly confessed to seeing Gordon behind him and fleeing. He allegedly told Gordon he did not want to go back to jail because he was on bond and had smoked meth two hours before the incident.

On Sept. 1, Gordon observed a blue Jeep Cherokee traveling east on Route 151 in Buckhannon. A registration check showed there was no matching record, so Gordon and deputy Seth Cutright initiated a traffic stop on Childers Run Crossing and identified Herron as the driver, according to the criminal complaint.

On Sept. 22, Gordon spotted a silver Toyota Rav4 traveling south on Locust Street with a vehicle expiration which had expired Sept. 1. Gordon and Cutright initiated a traffic stop on East Lincoln Street and identified Herron as the driver, according to the criminal complaint.

Herron’s driver’s license had been revoked for driving under the influence in November 2010 and Herron has two prior convictions for driving while license revoked for DUI in Upshur County, according to the criminal complaint.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $125,000.

Herron faces confinement in prison for not less than one nor more than five years and a fine of $1,000 to $2,000 for the fleeing felony and confinement in prison for one to three years and a fine of $3,000 to $5,000 on each count of driving while license revoked for DUI.

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