ADRIAN — A Buckhannon man remains incarcerated at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail for multiple offenses stemming from an attempted traffic stop on Sunday, June 9. Brandon Michael Beeson, 32, faces charges of fleeing from an officer in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, no proof of insurance, no registration, no motor vehicle inspection,speeding, and failure to signal.
The incident occurred on WV Route 20 in Adrian. Court documents stated Beeson was operating a 1999 black Dodge Dakota, with no registration plate. According to the Upshur County Magistrate Court Criminal Complaints, Sr. Trooper P.J. Robinette initiated his lights in order to stop Beeson’s vehicle, at which point it accelerated away from the officer’s patrol car. The vehicle continued to travel south on WV 20 at a high rate of speed and then turned without signaling onto the Waterloo Road. According to the report, Trooper Robinette then initiated his patrol vehicle’s siren and notified Upshur County Communications he was in pursuit of the vehicle. The truck continued out Waterloo Road at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. The vehicle then made a left hand turn on Larry Loudin Road without signaling. Beeson continued to disregard the officer’s patrol vehicle lights and sirens while driving recklessly on the gravel road, then encountered vehicles traveling slowly in the same direction, which it could not pass. The truck then slid to a stop on the gravel road, nearly striking the vehicles in front.
The officer’s report said Beeson attempted to exit the driver’s side of the vehicle but was unable due to it being held shut with a bungee cord. Beeson then climbed out of the passenger side of the vehicle and ran away from Robinette. The officer pursued the suspect on foot for approximately 100 yards before catching him and placing him in custody without further incident. When the officer ran the accused through the Upshur County Comm Center, he discovered Beeson had been entered into NCIC as a wanted person with full extradition due to Federal Probation Violation. Bond was set at $48,000 for the Upshur County charges, but a detainer remains in effect from the Northern U.S. Marshall Service.