Clarence Melvin Ferrell, 45, and Brittany Lynn Tomblin, 21, both of Ottawa, were arrested by the West Virginia State Police on July 21 for multiple charges. Ferrell was charged with driving an ATV on a center lined road, driving with a revoked license due to DUI and three counts of possession of a controlled, scheduled substance. Tomblin was charged with false information and false reporting of an emergency.
On July 21, Trooper M.J. Miller was on routine road patrol on County Route 8 in the Lake area when he witnessed a red Kawasaki 300 Bayou ATV driving down the main road. Miller performed a traffic stop on the ATV. The driver, Ferrell, advised Miller that he did not have a valid driver’s license.
Miller ran a status check on Ferrell’s license number and found that Ferrell was driving on a revoked license for DUI from 2002.
Miller asked Ferrell if he had anything on him and Ferrell advised that he had several different prescription pills, which he advised belonged to Tomblin (his girlfriend), and her Suboxone Sublingual Film. Miller recovered a prescription box, a prescription medication bottle for Diazepam, both of which had Tomlin’s name on them, eighteen Suboxone Sublingual Film strips, 20 Alprazolam pills, two Diazepam pills and 18 Gapapentin.
Ferrell advised that all of the medication belonged to Tomblin and he did not have a valid prescription.
Miller later found out that Tomlin had called the WVSP and reported that her medication and a red Kawasaki 300 Bayou ATV had been stolen by her boyfriend, Ferrell.
Upon his arrival at her residence, Tomblin advised Miller that she was in the shower when Ferrell had stolen her medication and ATV. She further advised Miller that the reason Ferrell had stolen from her was because she knew he was going to jail and she wanted her medication back.
Tomblin allegedly later advised Miller that Ferrell did not steal the ATV; he was test driving it because he was in the process of buying. He also did not steal the medication.
She then reportedly advised Miller that she falsely reported the incident and gave false information.
Ferrell’s bail is set for $2,500 and Tomblin’s is set for $1,500.
(Karissa Blackburn is a reporter for the Logan Banner. She can be reached at 304-784-7329 or on Twitter at @kblackb2)