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2-year old a passenger in police chase

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

November 26, 2013

A Whitman resident took police on a high speed chase in the area of Logan with a two and one-half year old passenger in the back seat.


According to a complaint filed by Senior Trooper B.A. Lowe, he had visually observed a GMC Sierra traveling northbound on WV 10 in Logan at an approximate speed of 60 mph in a 40 mpg zone. The officer confirmed the speed of the vehicle with RADAR at 62 mph and turned to initiate a traffic stop. With his emergency lights activated, Lowe observed the vehicle make a left at the intersection of WV 10 and Dingess Street onto the State Police Bridge. In attempt to escape Lowe, Jarrod Keith Goins, 27, made three more right hand turns returning back to the State Police Bridge. Goins then turned onto CR119 then into the parking lot of the old One Stop Shop liquor store before turning onto Canton Lane toward WV 10. Lowe followed with both lights and siren activated; Goins drove across WV 10 onto the BB&T parking lot before stopping.


After securing Goins for officer safety, Lowe checked the vehicle for other occupants where he found the two and one-half year old in a car seat in the rear bench seat of the vehicle. Lowe also found a .22 caliber Sig Sauer pistol in the cargo net behind the front seat, within easy reach of the toddler. Lowe found the pistol did not have the safety engaged and with a round of ammo in the chamber and eight rounds in the seated magazine.


A driver’s query and criminal history was run with showed that Goins’ licenses had been revoked for aggravated DUI and he had a previous arrest pending from July 2012 for carrying a concealed weapon.


Goins was booked November 16 for gross child neglect creating substantial risk of injury, second offense carrying a concealed deadly weapon, fleeing with reckless disregard, driving suspended/revoked for DUI, speeding and no insurance. His bail was set at $100,000.


• Logan County Sheriff Deputies escorted Child Protective Service Workers to a residence at Peach Creek after CPS received a complaint that methamphetamine was being manufactured inside an apartment where a child was present.


Upon arrival, Eric Allen Nelson, 28, renter of the apartment, informed officers that no children were currently in the apartment and gave both a verbal and written consent for officers to search the premises.


During the search, officers allegedly found a substance which appeared to marijuana which someone had attempted to flush down a toilet, two bags of a green leafy substance consistent of marijuana, multiple canisters of butane and propane products, multiple batteries which were being stripped (a common item used in manufacturing methamphetamine), two sets of scales, one vial of Lidocane, two vials of Sustanon test blend, one High Point .45 caliber handgun, $768 in cash and other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.


After being read his Miranda Rights, Eric Nelson admitted that his cousin, Keith Allen Nelson, 30, of Southside, had been staying at his apartment and had been manufacturing and smoking methamphetamine inside the residence.


Eric Nelson was booked for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. His bail was set at $100,000.


Keith Nelson was booked for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine. His bail was also set at $100,000.


• A Logan woman has been charged with 12 counts of embezzling from her employer.


Little General Gas Corporation reported to the West Virginia State Police that one of their employees, April Frye, 45, had embezzled money at least 12 times since August 2013.


According to the complaint, a recording was made of Frye allegedly admitting to taking the money from her employer.


Along with the 12 counts of embezzlement, Frye was also charged with fraudulent schemes on Nov. 18. Her bail was set at $5,000.


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