BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man fled from the Buckhannon Police Department early Monday morning after an attempted traffic stop.
Patrolman Joseph Barcus initiated a traffic stop on a grey Nissan Pathfinder about 2 a.m. due to a license plate light not working, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. The driver, later determined to be David Glen Ables, 35, turned on to Route 33 westbound and did not stop even after Barcus turned on his lights and siren. Barcus advised the Upshur County 911 Center he was in pursuit of the vehicle, which reached speeds up to 105 mph just before the Brushy Fork intersection.
Ables turned on to WBUC Road and then on to the Old Weston Road heading back into city limits, when it left the roadway and drove down in a field, coming to a stop upon reaching a fence that separated Route 33 and the field.
Ables was arrested and taken to the BPD, where it was determined his license was revoked for DUI and he had an active capias from Marion and Lewis counties and two active warrants from Upshur County.
The two active Upshur County warrants were for destruction of property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
On Feb. 16, Ables allegedly sawed the top portion of the locking ring on a water meter belonging to the City of Buckhannon at 12 Island Ave., Lot 5, according to the criminal complaint. A lock had been placed upon the meter by the water department due to an outstanding bill at that location. Ables allegedly caused $634 in damage.
Chief Matt Gregory and Lt. Doug Loudin responded to the call that Ables was attempting to saw off the lock. He was spotted by the officers but allegedly fled on foot upon their arrival.
In attempting to cut the locking ring, Ables allegedly encouraged a 17-year-old juvenile to give him a wrench and a hacksaw. The juvenile admitted to officers he gave the tools to Ables, who then sawed off the locking ring top.
Ables was arrested for fleeing from an officer in a vehicle, driving while license revoked for DUI first offense, destruction of property and contributing to delinquency of a minor, all misdemeanors.
Magistrate Kay Hurt set bond at $7,000.
If convicted, Ables faces a $500 to $1,000 fine and confinement in a regional jail for not more than one year for fleeing from an officer in a vehicle; confinement in jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six months and a fine of $100 to $500 for driving while license revoked for DUI first offense; confinement in jail for not more than one year and/or a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $500 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor; and up to a year in jail and/or a fine of not more than $500 for destruction of property.