MAN – A good time ended when bad judgment led to criminal charges for Dalton Watts. The incident occurred less than a week before Watts turned 21.
Two Logan County Deputies were on routine patrol in the Man area when a red Chevrolet Silverado pulled out of the parking lot of Bottom’s Up, spinning his tires, sliding sideways across the center line and almost striking the officers’ car head on.
Deputies turned on lights and sirens and turned on the vehicle. It again spun the tires at the red stop light and proceeded south on State Route 10 at a high rate of speed. The deputies maintained a visual on the vehicle and observed as it passed another car near the Green Valley bridge, running the other vehicle off the road and onto the shoulder.
The vehicle continued to flee past Man Middle School before pulling behind a building near the Mallory Post Office, turning off the engine and lights in an attempt to hide.
Deputies asked the occupants repeatedly to exit the vehicle, but they refused. They approached the vehicle, one deputy on each side, and asked them once more to exit the vehicle. The refused again and had to be forcefully removed from the vehicle and detained.
While one of the deputies was speaking with Watts, who was driver and owner of the vehicle, he detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. Watts was given three field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. He was transported to the West Virginia State Police detachment for the intoximeter. The results for that were .115.
Watts was charged with fleeing, DUI, reckless driving, speeding, improper passing, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and loss of control. He was released on a $3,000 bail.
The other two unidentified occupants of the vehicle were cited for unspecified charges and released to the custody of their parents.