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W.Va man faces drug, assault charges after trying to flee from police

July 30, 2008

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., man suspected of selling crack cocaine tried to escape from police by rapidly accelerating and spinning the wheels on a Chevrolet Blazer in the Walnut Grove subdivision last week, police said.

Federal Drug Enforcement Agency officials, and federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents joined local police at the scene on Friday, according to Capt. Glenn Stevens of the Charles Town Police Department.

Travis McArthur Aldridge, 27, of 114 W. Martin St., No. 2, was eventually apprehended and charged with distribution of crack cocaine, reckless driving, assault on officer, fleeing in a vehicle and child endangerment, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

An 8-month-old baby and a woman also were in the Blazer, police said.

Aldridge was being held Tuesday night in Eastern Regional Jail on $999,000 bond.

Police also were investigating whether Aldridge used a fake name, Stevens said.

Last month, information was received from a confidential informant that Aldridge was selling crack, Detective A. Jenkins of the Charles Town Police Department said in a criminal complaint.

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On Friday, a $250 purchase of crack was made from Aldridge at 146 Daisy Lane in the Walnut Grove subdivision off Flowing Springs Road north of Charles Town, the complaint said.

When police tried to take Aldridge into custody as he got into the Blazer, he put it in gear, the complaint said.

After accelerating and spinning his wheels, Aldridge was instructed to get out of the vehicle but ignored the commands and recklessly backed out of the driveway, the complaint said.

As Aldridge tried to shift gears, police were able to forcibly remove him from the Blazer, the complaint said.

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