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W.Va. man faces charges of fleeing from police

March 12, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A Martinsburg man wanted in connection with three high-speed pursuits dating to 2002 was charged Friday with 31 misdemeanor counts, including five counts of fleeing from police, court records state.

Daniel Robert Myers, 27, of 703 Snapp St., Martinsburg, also was charged with five counts of reckless driving, seven counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, three counts of speeding, three counts of passing in a no passing zone, three counts of driving left of center, one count of failure to stop at a traffic light, one count of failure to yield, and three counts of driving on a suspended license, according to records.

Myers was charged in connection with pursuits on Feb. 14, 2002, Dec. 8, 2004, and Jan. 16, 2005. Nobody was injured in any of the pursuits, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

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Myers was taken into custody Thursday night after police checked several houses where they believed he might have been staying. He was found in a house on Cannon Hill Road, hiding under a bed. He came out from under the bed voluntarily and was taken into custody without incident, West Virginia State Police Trooper F.H. Edwards said.

The first pursuit, in 2002, started after Cpl. Chris McCulley, with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, was in the parking lot of the Martinsburg Kmart, trying to unlock a car, according to records.

A bail bondsman approached McCulley and pointed out Myers, saying that he believed Myers was wanted by police, records state.

Myers quickly walked to a red Pontiac Sunbird, got into the car and sped out of the store's parking lot, heading south on U.S. 11, according to court records.

A dispatcher confirmed that Myers was wanted on criminal charges and McCulley tried to pull the car over, but the driver sped up and passed two deputies responding to a separate call, records state.

The driver passed 14 cars altogether in no-passing zones, including on hills and on blind turns. He forced several cars off the road, including that of an off-duty deputy, police said.

At the intersection of U.S. 11 and W.Va. 51, the driver turned onto W.Va. 51 and was able to elude police, records state.

The pursuit in 2004 began when Cpl. Ron Gardner, also with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, noticed that a white Chevrolet car seemed to be trying to get away from him by making continual turns, records state.

Gardner tried to stop the car when he learned the registration came back to a Pontiac. The driver did not pull over and ran a red light on Foxcroft Avenue before turning onto several roads without stopping at stop signs, records state.

The driver was speeding and crossed the center line on blind curves and at the tops of hills, police said.

The driver again was able to elude police after turning onto Calvary Hill Road, records state.

The most recent pursuit, in January, started when West Virginia State Police Trooper D.S. See saw a red Chrysler convertible pass him with an expired or improper inspection sticker, records state.

See tried to stop the car on Nestle Quarry Road, where the driver sped up to around 45 mph in a 25 mph zone, police said.

The driver turned onto several more roads and passed cars in unsafe areas, police said. Speeds approached 90 mph on Kitchen Orchard Road and 80 to 85 mph on Little Georgetown Road, where the driver passed two cars on a hill crest, records state.

The pursuit was called off because of unsafe conditions, but resumed when another officer, Trooper J.D. Burkhart, spotted the car on Beards Crossing Road, police said.

At that time, the driver was nearly stopped in the road and appeared to be talking on a cell phone, police said.

The driver was able to elude police at the intersection of Kitchen Orchard Road and Grade Road, records state.

Myers was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on a $50,300 cash-only bail.

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