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Theft charge could bring 10 years

June 24, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man could face 10 years in prison on charges of shoplifting snacks and cigarettes from a Pikeside convenience store, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

The man's friend was charged with fleeing while driving under the influence after police said he tried to elude a sheriff's deputy attempting to pull the pair over for questioning on the shoplifting complaint, Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Capt. C.E. Keller said.

James M. Shifflett, 32, of Martinsburg, was being held Thursday in the Eastern Regional Jail on $6,461 bond on charges of fleeing while driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license, no proof of insurance and obstructing a police officer, according to court records.

Terry Dodson, 40, was charged with two counts of felony shoplifting and was being held in the jail on $5,000 bond, according to court records.

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A clerk at the 7-11 convenience store on Nadenbousch Lane in Pikeside called police around 3 a.m. Thursday after a man left without paying for two hot dogs, six packs of cigarettes and two bags of potato chips, court records state.

The clerk told police the man ignored requests for payment then got into a car and left, according to court records.

A Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy tried to stop a gray 1973 Lincoln Continental near the 167th Airlift Wing air base in Pikeside around 3 a.m. Thursday because the car fit the description of a car reported in the shoplifting complaint, court records state.

Police said the driver of the Lincoln fled on foot after he ran into a tree in the front yard of a home on Kelly Island Road.

The man was arrested after police found him hiding in a carport, records state.

Eight empty beer cans were found in the Lincoln and the man failed two field sobriety tests, according to court records.

Shifflett would face up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines if convicted of the felony fleeing while DUI charge, according to court records.

Dodson was charged with felony shoplifting because he was previously convicted of shoplifting in 1991, 1996 and 1997, according to court records.

Conviction on the felony shoplifting charge carries a penalty of 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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