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W.Va. man charged after deputy's windshield is smashed

July 25, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — An Inwood, W.Va., man is accused of smashing the windshield of a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy’s cruiser Monday morning with a case of energy drinks he allegedly shoplifted minutes earlier at a Dollar General store, according to court records.

Bernard James Stotler, 29, of 291 Bernard Lane, was arraigned Monday afternoon by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on counts of shoplifting, destruction of property and fleeing on foot, court records said.

Stotler was in Eastern Regional Jail on $5,500 bond, according to jail and court records.

Sheriff’s Deputy T.W. Carroll, who was driving the cruiser when it was struck with Amp Energy drink, was not injured.

Stotler allegedly threw the drinks into the windshield after the deputy caught up with the defendant along Middleway Pike while responding to the reported shoplifting incident at 10:35 a.m., court records said.

The defendant started to run when Carroll caught up with him and ordered him to stop, the records said.

After the windshield was smashed, Carroll stopped the cruiser and chased Stotler on foot into a field, where the defendant was arrested, the records said.

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— Matthew Umstead

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