BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man has been arrested on six misdemeanor charges following an incident that allegedly ended with him injuring a state trooper.
Corey James Wells, 24, was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 22, on one count of driving while license revoked for DUI second offense; two counts of obstruction/resisting an officer; two counts of battery on officer; and fleeing on foot, all misdemeanors.
According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Cpl. B.K. Wright with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police was exiting Begonia Way when he saw a black Mitsubishi traveling south. Wright’s report states that he was able to identify the driver as Corey Wells.
Wright exited Begonia Way behind the vehicle, checking its registration through Upshur County E911 Communication Center; however, the search returned no results, according to the report.
At the time, the vehicle pulled into a private drive, while Wright traveled south to an unnamed area near the Question Mark Bar and waited, Wright’s report states. A couple minutes later, Wright allegedly saw the same vehicle traveling south. The report claims that when Wells spotted Wright, he pulled into the parking lot of the Question Mark Bar.
The Comm Center informed Wright that Wells’ license had been revoked with driving under the influence and that he had been charged with driving revoked for DUI first offense in 2017.
Assisting officer Cpl. T.A. Menendez, also with the WVSP, placed Wells under arrest, but Wells allegedly tried to run away. However, Menendez “grabbed [Wells] by the coat and took him to the ground,” the complaint states.
According to the report, “[Wells] kept resisting” and Wright and Menendez allegedly “had to wrestle with [Wells]” in the process of handcuffing him.
“Cpl. Menendez was injured as Wells was resisting and had to be taken to the ground kicking both officers in an attempt to free himself,” the complaint alleges.
Wells was arraigned in Upshur County Magistrate Court where Magistrate Kay Hurst set bail at $30,000.
If convicted, Wells faces being confined in jail not less than six months nor more than one year and a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $3,000 for driving while license revoked for DUI second offense. Should he be found guilty on either count of obstructing/resisting an officer, he would face imprisonment in jail for up to one year and/or a fine of $50 to $500.
The penalty for each count of battery on an officer is imprisonment in jail for not less than one nor more than 12 months and/or a fine of not more than $500. Finally, being found guilty of fleeing on foot results in a penalty of a fine of $50 and/or confinement in jail for up to one year or both.
In other non-related crime news, Sheryl Schreiber, 54, of Buckhannon, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.
According to the criminal complaint in the magistrate clerk’s office, on Dec. 28, 2018, Cpl. Josh Wilson, Patrolman S. Kraemer and Cpl. Darin Hissam with the Buckhannon Police Department responded to a noise complaint on Madison Street. They found Sheryl Schreiber and John Edgell in an abandoned house arguing.
After telling the two they needed to leave the premises, Schreiber and Edgell complied. However, on Dec. 31, 2018, Cpl. Marshall O’Connor and Patrolman Angel McCauley, also with the BPD, responded to a domestic altercation on Main Street.
After arriving on scene, the officers allegedly saw Schreiber bleeding from her nose and observed a cut on her nose. They also saw both eyes were blackened. While processing John Edgell, they noticed that a large portion of the left side of his face was scabbed, and there was a scabbed laceration on the top of his head.
When they asked Edgell what had happened, he told the officers that several days prior to Dec. 31, 2018, Schreiber had struck him in the head with a board during an argument, according to the complaint.
Edgell’s injuries were consistent with the events he had described, the complaint states.
Schreiber was arraigned in Upshur County Magistrate Court where Magistrate Kay Hurst set bail at $10,000.
If convicted on the domestic battery charge, Schreiber faces being confined in jail not more than 12 months or fined not more than $500 or both fined and confined.