Tased at traffic stop


BUCKHANNON — A wanted French Creek man remains incarcerated after being tased and captured on a capias last Thursday.  Patrick Slade Chapman, age 30, was identified as a passenger with an active warrant during a traffic stop by Deputy Tyler Gordon.  

According to the criminal complaint, the officer attempted to detain Chapman for a known warrant due to probation violations, but he fled on foot.  Deputy Gordon said he tackled Chapman, who fought off the officer’s arrest and fled again.  The officer then deployed a taser, which stopped the defendant, but he reportedly removed the taser barbs from his back and continued in his attempt to flee.  

Chapman was previously indicted last year for aiding and abetting James Robert Fisher in the grand larceny of a motorcyle, as well as conspiracy and fleeing.  He entered into a plea agreement for grand larceny on November 2, 2018 and the court ordered a presentence investigation.  On January 16, 2019, Chapman was sentenced to 1-10 years in a state correctional institution after his motion for alternative sentencing was denied.  

His attorney later filed a motion to reconsider sentencing after restitution had been paid in full.  The court granted the motion and Chapman was accordingly admitted to five years probation on April 5.  The Upshur County Probation Office subsequently filed revocation proceedings June 18, alleging that Chapman had a positive drug screening and at least two failures to report infractions.  The defendant absconded from supervision and has had an outstanding capias until he finally failed to evade capture during the August 1 traffic stop.  

Chapman is now charged with an additional fleeing on foot and was taken into custody on the current offense, as well as the capias previously issued by Circuit Court Judge Reger back in June.  The defendant is currently detained at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond and pending further hearing on probation violations.

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