By: Martha Sparks Society Editor
August 25, 2013
A Henlawson man faces additional charges after he, along with his passenger, fled from police on a motorcycle.
According to the criminal complaint, Austin Michael Collins, 19, was booked on a warrant arrest on August 20 for shoplifting 1st offense and fleeing with reckless indifference by the Logan Police Department.
On August 8, Collins was accused by a Walmart employee of taking an item from the store without paying for it. The LPD observed Collins and a female cross the parking lot and get on a red motorcycle and drive across the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The officer followed the motorcycle from Norman Morgan Blvd., on to Rt. 73 where the motorcycle went southbound, failing to stop for a red light at the bottom of the ramp.
Collins exited Rt. 73 at the Mud Fork Exit and traveled toward Mud Fork, stopping at a stop sign by Stereo Video. Collins looked back and seeing the police cruiser following him, and he took off again at a high rate of speed and traveled toward Logan.
The officer then initiated his lights and siren in an attempt to stop Collins. When Collins reached the intersection of Rt. 10 and Water Street, he ran another red light and headed northbound. While on Rt. 10, Collins did adhere to the 35 mph speed limit according the officer. He then onto Peach Creek and onto the back track toward Henlawson and began to travel again at a high rate of speed.
The officer turned off all of his emergency equipment, although he continued to follow Collins as a safe speed and distance behind the motorcycle. When entering Henlawson, the officer lost sight of Collins.
Other officers from Logan, the West Virginia State Police and the Logan County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene and began searching several places in the community.
Officers were advised that Collins was seen on a red motorcycle that day in the area and that he lived on Emory Hill Road.
The officer, along with the WVSP, went to the residence where they located the female, a juvenile, who confirmed that she was the female on the back of the motorcycle and that Collins was driving it.
Collins’ bail was set at $3,500.
In other court news:
• David Michael Maynard, 28, was booked on August 11 by the West Virginia State Police for conspiracy to commit a felony. His bail was set at $3,500.
• Clint Edward Toler, 49, was booked on August 19 by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department for driver’s license revoked for DUI, public intoxication and obstructing an officer. His bond was set at $3,500.
• Larry Reshawn Turner, 31, of Logan, was booked on August 21 by the WVSP for failure to register as a sex offender. His bail was set at $3,000.
• Steven Howard Mitchem, 25, was booked on August 23 by the WVSP for possession of a controlled substance and obstructing. His bail was set at $3,500.
• Harold Raymond Hobbs, 41, was booked on August 23 by the WVSP for driving suspended/revoked for DUI, registration violation and no insurance. His bail was set at $3,500.
— Editor’s Note: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.