After police pursued him across Upshur and Lewis county borders Monday night, Dustin Lee Watson, 23, of Roanoke, is facing charges of fleeing with reckless indifference, and driving on a suspended license in Upshur County and and charges are pending in Lewis County, where the high speed chase came to its end.
As of presstime on Tuesday, no criminal complaint was available from Lewis County.
According to the criminal compliant filed in Upshur County by a deputy with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department the incident began when Watson’s vehicle was approached by the officer after the officer was advised that the license plate on Watson’s vehicle should have been on a stolen Ford Escape.
The complaint states that Watson fled after being approached by the officer on foot, ignoring verbal and hand signals to stop, before allegedly striking the driver side door of a Upshur County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle.
The complaint goes on to state that Waston then fled on Vicksburg Road in Buckhannon reaching 80 miles per hour (mph) in 35 mph zones.
The vehicle turned onto US Route 33 West, where an officer attempted to used “stop sticks” to disable the vehicle, the complaint alleges that Watson ‘nearly struck,’ the officer.
The complaint then states that the vehicle continued onto West Main Street in Buckhannon and onto Old Weston Road into Lewis County allegedly running several vehicles off the road along the way.
Watson then fled to Jane Lew via Hackers Creek Road before returning to Weston before being apprehended on View Street according to Weston Police Chief J. P. Thomas.
The full Lewis County criminal complaint was unavailable at press time.
In unrealed news Ryan A. Hubbs has been indicted by a Marion County Grand Jury on two counts of murder in the first degree.
Hubbs was fleeing police after an alleged carjacking near CVS in Weston, on Oct. 13, 2016, when
he struck a vehicle near the Middletown Mall in Fairmont, killing Phillip and Sandra Glasscock. Both counts carry the penalty of life in prison should he be convicted.
Hubbs is scheduled to appear in Lewis County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, for pretrial motions on robbery and and grand larceny stemming from the alleged incident on Oct 13, 2016.