Man arrested after allegedly running from stolen vehicle at stop sign

BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly tried to run from a stolen vehicle while stopped at the intersection of Route 20 and Mt. Lebanon Road.

Donnie Scott Ables, 36, of Buckhannon, was arrested for possession of stolen property, a felony.

In the criminal complaint, Deputy Cole Bender with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office wrote that he was called to the intersection of Route 20 and Mt. Lebanon Road at approximately 7:43 p.m. on Saturday in reference to a possible stolen vehicle.

Upon arriving at the scene, Bender found the vehicle stationary at the stop sign with the lights on and a subject running north on foot. Bender stopped the man who was running, later identified as Ables.

“Ables advised me that he was given the vehicle outside of a gambling joint,” Bender wrote in the complaint. “I observed where the vehicle’s ignition had been tampered with, with what appeared to be a screwdriver. I also located a flathead screwdriver, which’s head had been bent.”

According to Bender, Ables matched the description given by the caller, who owned the white Jeep Wrangler with Georgia license plates and allegedly saw Ables exit the vehicle.

Bail was set at $30,000 cash or surety by Magistrate Alan Suder. If convicted, the penalty for possession of stolen property is imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 10 years, or in the discretion of the court, confinement in jail for not more than one year and a fine of not more than $2,500.

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