At 1:21 Wednesday morning, troopers attempted to stop a vehicle for a registration violation on Cockrells Run Road. Troopers said the driver, Dorsie G. Green, Jr., 27, of Beaver refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. The driver reportedly stopped the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. He was apprehended and charged with felony OVI, felony fleeing and several warrants for his arrest out of Pike County.
Tuesday night, troopers stopped Charles R. Harlow, 54, of Lucasville on U.S. 23 for a marked lanes violation. Troopers said Harlow was driving with a suspended driver’s license and in possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.
Troopers also stopped a vehicle on U.S. 23 for a traffic violation, and charged Henry R. Coleman, 32, of Huntington, W.Va., with possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony.
On July 30 at 12:56 a.m., troopers stopped Scott A. Ferrell, 19, of Portsmouth for speed and traffic violations on U.S. 23. He was charged with possession of hydrocodone pills, a fifth-degree felony.
At 11:31 p.m. Tuesday, troopers investigating a single-vehicle crash on Jackson Furnace Road, arrested Arnold S. Woods, 44, of Oak Hill for possession of oxycodone, a fifth-degree felony.
Portsmouth Post Commander Lt. Karla Taulbee said troopers are trained to make the extra effort at a traffic stop to look for what she calls “criminal indicators.”
“They’ve had current Patrol training and refresher courses on drug interdiction and so they are looking for the impaired driver,” Taulbee said. “They are looking for those who are speeding, running red lights, and those who can’t drive within their marked lanes.”
Taulbee explained the term “criminal indicators.”
“You’re looking for if there is any powder residue, marijuana, rolling papers,” Taulbee said. “There’s a lot of things they’re looking for such as talking to them to see if they are impaired, and just asking them questions.”
Taulbee says it comes down to the quality of personnel.
“We have a great group,” Taulbee said. “I love my post. It’s a good group of men and women who work out there. They work hard every day. They know there’s a drug problem in the area, and they are very determined to stop it the best they can.”
FRANK LEWIS may be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.