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Judge sets $35,000 cash-only bond for man accused of fleeing

September 06, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A 30-year-old Berkeley County man was in Eastern Regional Jail on Friday evening after he allegedly attempted to flee from police in a vehicle for a second time this week.

Bobby Lee Jenkins Jr., of 306 Tenacious Heights north of Martinsburg, was arraigned Friday morning on charges of fleeing in a vehicle, reckless driving, driving suspended, battery on an officer and obstructing an officer by Berkeley County Magistrate Jim Humphrey, according to court records.

Humphrey set a $35,000 cash-only bond after learning the defendant had been arraigned Tuesday on charges of fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, two counts of possession of controlled substances and several other driving offenses.

At about 6 p.m. Thursday, the Martinsburg Police Department alerted the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department that Jenkins allegedly was driving a vehicle with a stolen tag on Interstate 81, according to a complaint by Sheriff's Department Deputy S. Layne.

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While in pursuit of the vehicle on I-81, Layne said Jenkins attempted to ram another deputy's cruiser several times before the officer was able to pass the defendant and set up stopsticks in the southbound lanes about 2 miles from the Virginia-West Virginia line.

Layne said in his complaint that Jenkins refused to get out of the vehicle after it had been successfully slowed by the tire-deflating devices. After Layne physically removed Jenkins from the car, Jenkins took a cigarette out of his mouth and burned the officer's right hand and arm with it, according to the complaint.

Layne said Jenkins complained Thursday night that his head and face were hurting, and he was taken to City Hospital for treatment before he was booked at the jail.

On Tuesday afternoon, Jenkins attempted to avoid being stopped in the vehicle he was driving on Arden-Nollville Road in Berkeley County after crossing a double-yellow line, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper M.A. Cole.

Cole said in his complaint that, while in pursuit of Jenkins, the man narrowly missed colliding with two other vehicles near Franks Road and later struck a parked car at 134 Harranda Court, where he got out and began fleeing on foot.

Cole said in his complaint that the defendant climbed over a picket fence around a residence there several times before he slipped and told the trooper he gave up.

Cole said that as Jenkins fled he threw something that he removed from his pocket under a generator, and a plastic bag found there was determined to contain four different types of prescription medication, including OxyContin.

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