BUCKHANNON — A traffic stop led to a meth possession arrest for the Buckhannon Police Department Thursday.
Patrolman Tanner Collins received a call from the Upshur Comm Center about a possible public intoxicated person at the 88 Restaurant who got into a maroon car. The person was later identified as Jamie Oldaker, 38, of Buckhannon, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Oldaker drove to North Kanawha Street to a parking lot where Collins was allegedly given consent to search the vehicle. Inside, Collins allegedly found white crystals later identified as methamphetamine by Oldaker.
Oldaker told Collins he was driving under the influence and should not be driving and admitted to doing illegal narcotics.
Collins noted Oldaker was jittery, had a hard time keeping his balance and had difficulty standing still.
Oldaker showed signs of impairment during the field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, second offense; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and driving suspended first offense, all misdemeanors.
If convicted, Oldaker faces 90 days to six months in jail and/or a fine of not more than $1,000 for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; six months to one year in jail and a fine of not less than $1,000 to not more than $3,000 for DUI second offense; and a $100 to $500 fine for driving suspended first offense.
Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $20,000.
In a separate case, a Lewis County man was arrested for shoplifting third offense, a felony, stemming from an April 13 incident at Buckhannon Walmart.
Jeremy Allan McCartney, 23, allegedly entered the store and picked up a four-inch bed topper, walked past the last point of sale without paying for the topper and then returned it to Walmart for a gift card, according to the criminal complaint.
McCartney was allegedly witnessed doing this on video surveillance and he also used his ID to return the shoplifted bed topper valued at $135.
McCartney has two prior shoplifting convictions in April 2014 and January 2013, making this third arrest a felony.
Magistrate Roger Clem set bond at $10,000.
If convicted, McCartney faces a fine of $500 to $5,000 and a one to 10 year confinement in the state penitentiary. At least one year shall actually be spent in confinement and is not subject to probation.