Resident arrested after injuring state trooper

Corey Wells

BUCKHANNON - A Buckhannon resident was arrested and now faces six misdemeanor charges following an incident that resulted in him injuring a trooper with the West Virginia State Police.

Corey James Wells, age 24 of Buckhannon, was arrested on Jan. 22 and charged with one misdemeanor for driving while license revoked for DUI second offense, two charges for obstructing/ resisting an officer, two charges for battery on an officer and one charge for fleeing on foot.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Court, Cpl. B K Wright with the West Virginia State Police was exiting Begonia Way when he observed a black Mitsubishi traveling south bound. The report noted that he recognized the driver as being Corey Wells. The officer then followed the vehicle and completed a registration inquiry through Upshur County 911 with the results not on file.

The complaint then states

that the observed vehicle pulled into a private drive and the officer traveled south and waited near the question mark bar. A few minutes later the same vehicle was seen traveling south bound and parked the vehicle in the parking lot of the question mark bar after observing the officer.

The officer was the notified by the 911 Center that Wells was revoked for driving DUI and had one prior driving revoked for DUI with a conviction date of Aug. 1, 2017.

At this time Wells exit- ed and attempted to leave the vehicle. The assisting officer, Cpl. Menendez, then advised Wells he was being placed under arrest. However, Wells pulled away and began to run when Cpl. Menendez grabbed him by his coat and took him to the ground.

The complaint continues by saying Wells kept resist- ing and Cpl. Wright and Cpl. Menendez had to wrestle with him in order to handcuff him.

Wells continued to resist and had to be taken to the ground while he continued to kick both officers in an attempt to free himself. Cpl. Menendez was injured as a result. 

Wells was arraigned in the Upshur County Magistrate Court and Magistrate Kay Hurst set his bail at $30,000. He is currently being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail pending bail. In an unrelated case, Allison Christine Fultz, age 30 of Buck- hannon, was arrested on Jan. 23 following an incident that happened at the Baxa Motel in October.

According to the criminal complaint, Fultz made physical contact by punching the victim in the lip after also attempting to hit the victim with a beer bottle. 

The complaint alleges that the incident occurred after Fultz was informed she was no longer allowed to stay at the motel. Fultz also threatened to shove the victim down the stairs in the lobby of the motel. Fultz was arrested and charged with battery and assault, both misdemeanors. She was arraigned in Upshur County Court with bail set at $3,000 cash or surety for each charge. Fultz is currently being held in Tygart Valley Regional  Jail pending bond. 

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