BUCKHANNON — An 18-year-old teenager who had allegedly been drinking and then fled from the Buckhannon Police Department and struck a cruiser was later apprehended.
Bryce Allen Guseman, of Buckhannon, was driving a white Subaru that was entering Route 33 Eastbound from the ramp on North Locust Street Tuesday, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. The vehicle allegedly had no working tail lights and was swerving from one lane to another. Sgt. William Courtney attempted to initiate a traffic stop as the vehicle turned on to Weatherford Boulevard, but the Subaru sped up and passed a pick-up truck. Courtney then turned on his lights and the vehicle pulled onto a dead-end access road off Weatherford Boulevard and came to a stop. But Guseman allegedly then reversed the vehicle and struck the front drive side corner of the police car with the passenger side rear of the Subaru and continued past Courtney.
Due to the damage to Courtney’s cruiser, he was unable to get turned around quickly and lost sight of the Subaru.
However, about 50 minutes later, deputy Tyler Chidester with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at Sheetz.
Guseman allegedly admitted to being the driver from the pursuit earlier. Courtney stated he could detect an odor of alcohol coming from Guseman, who allegedly admitted that he had “a little bit to drink” but nothing since the pursuit. Guseman allegedly failed two standard field sobriety tests — the horizontal gaze nystamus test and the modified rhomberg test. He registered a blood alcohol content of .065 on the Intoximeter test.
Guseman was arrested for fleeing with reckless indifference for the safety of others, a felony.
Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $25,000. If convicted, Guseman faces confinement of one to five years in prison, and the court may, in its discretion, impose a fine between $1,000 and $2,000.