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Martinsburg man arrested on weapons, drug charges after traffic stop

April 22, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • Daniel Hoff-Hayles
West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority,

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. -- A man charged in a Dec. 5 convenience store shooting near Martinsburg, W.Va., that left a man paralyzed was arrested again Tuesday night in Jefferson County, according to police and court records.

Daniel Thomas Hoff-Hayles, 24, of 665 Castanea Drive in Martinsburg, was charged Tuesday with carrying a dangerous weapon, fleeing on foot from a police officer, possession of marijuana and speeding, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Hoff-Hayles was found in possession of a pocket knife, and a .25-caliber Titan handgun, $9,475 in cash and a small amount of marijuana were seized from a Buick LeSabre that he was driving, according to a complaint filed by Cpl. D.C. Tabler of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Tabler said he stopped the Buick at about 8:45 p.m. on Leetown Road near W.Va. 9 after his radar unit clocked the vehicle going 60 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to court records.

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A drug dog dispatched to the traffic stop "alerted" its handler, Deputy B.M. Conway, that drugs were present in the vehicle, according to court records.

Hoff-Hayles told police that he was moving, there no was contraband in the vehicle and that a search of the car wasn't necessary, according to court records.

The deputies found a large amount of cash inside a black backpack while searching the trunk of the car and a "roll of money" in the middle console of the vehicle, according to court records.

After Deputy A.T. Thomas found the gun in the vehicle, Hoff-Hayles started to run toward a wooded area and was tackled by deputies, records show.

Hoff-Hayles' arrest comes about a month after he was released from Eastern Regional Jail on March 11 after posting bail in the amount of $150,000, according to court records.

Hoff-Hayles was jailed March 3 after he was captured following a foot pursuit that began near the Berkeley County Judicial Center in Martinsburg, records state.

Hoff-Hayles was arraigned on charges of fleeing on foot, obstruction, possession of controlled substance (marijuana), three counts of possession with intent to deliver (cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana), one count of conspiracy and felon in possession of firearm, according to court records.

Hoff-Hayles had been arraigned Feb. 22 on one count of accessory to malicious wounding, according to court records. Hoff-Hayles is accused of driving the getaway vehicle after a Dec. 5 shooting outside the Sheetz convenience store at 14686 Apple Harvest Drive. Police have said the shooting victim, Takouo Douai, 24, of Ranson, W.Va., was left paralyzed from the neck down.

Hoff-Hayles' arrest at his residence in February led to the arrest of four others, including his girlfriend, at the Chestnut Ridge subdivision home west of Martinsburg where he was staying, police said.

Police then seized a "large amount" of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana and five firearms, according to court records.

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