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Man arrested for allegedly escaping home confinement, leaving scene of wreck

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man is being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond after being arrested this week for allegedly escaping home confinement last fall and then leaving the scene of a one-vehicle wreck.

Alan Stanley, 41, was arrested Tuesday for one felony – escape – and three misdemeanors: duty upon striking fixtures upon a highway, violating the immediate notification of crashes law and driving suspended, non-DUI. Although Stanley was arrested this week, the charges are related to events that allegedly took place in September and October 2020.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Sgt. Rodney Rolenson with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, on Sept. 25, 2020 Stanley was court-ordered to report to home confinement and to be electronically monitored by GPS as a condition of bond.

According to a previous story, Stanley was arrested in June 2020 in connection to the June 5, 2020 Cooper Street drug bust.

Stanley was told the residence he chose was not approved by Rolenson, who serves as the home confinement supervisor. Stanley chose his mother’s address in Buckhannon. On Sept. 28, 2020, Rolenson received notification that Stanley had allegedly removed his GPS monitoring bracelet at 10:15 p.m.

Stanley’s mother said he removed the bracelet and left it on the porch.

According to a second criminal complaint filed in the magistrate clerk’s office by investigating officer Cpl. Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, several days later on Oct. 4, 2020, Gordon responded to a 911 call regarding a single-vehicle accident off Light Chapel Road. When Gordon arrived, he learned the driver and only occupant of the car of the vehicle left the scene.

According to the report, the vehicle left the roadway on the right side of the road and damaged 100 feet of barbed wire fence alongside Light Chapel Road. Gordon spoke to a witness who said he gave the driver a ride to a driveway, just a short distance ahead. The witness described the driver as a white male in his 30s or 40s with several distinct facial tattoos and said the driver also smelled like an alcoholic beverage, the police report says.

Gordon could not locate the driver, so he located the registered owner of the vehicle who said Stanley took the vehicle because he was going to trade it.

Magistrate G.M. Riggleman set bond at $25,000 cash only, and $5,000 cash or surety for a total of $30,000.

The penalty for a conviction of escape is up to five years in the state penitentiary, and the penalty for a conviction of driving suspended non-DUI is a fine of $100 to $500.

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