A Morgantown lady was arrested Monday following a number of car pursuits and a joint effort between a number of Monongalia County regulation enforcement businesses.
Officer M.D. France, with the Morgantown Police Division, first reported encountering the girl, who can be recognized days later as Jessica LeeAnn Bittinger, 40, throughout a welfare test on Dec. 12 on the Asturias Lane Sheetz, off Grafton Highway.
In line with the officer’s report, they discovered the girl in a Dodge Avenger “together with her head fallen backwards and drug paraphernalia in her proper hand.”
France said the girl turned alert after the officer knocked on the automobile window and “instantly put the car in reverse.”
The officer stated Bittinger stopped briefly earlier than reversing once more, practically placing their patrol car.
Bittinger allegedly drove by means of the car parking zone at a excessive price of velocity earlier than making her technique to Grafton Highway, disregarding any cease indicators.
France reported they started to pursue the car with lights and sirens on Grafton Highway and watched Bittinger cross the middle line a number of instances and move two vehicles on a double yellow line.
Involved for public security, France dropped out of the pursuit. Whereas slowing down, the officer watched the car move one other car on a double yellow line.
After operating the registration on the car, France realized it was a rental automobile, however would finally discover the one that rented the automobile was not the driving force.
On Monday, six days after France’s alleged encounter with Bittinger, MPD officers had been dispatched to Montrose Avenue within the Sabraton space of Morgantown for a number of experiences of photographs heard.
Whereas patrolling the realm, police noticed a Honda HR-V with “a feminine slumped backwards within the driver’s seat,” the report stated.
As soon as the driving force was alert, they moved the car, which was already in drive, ahead regardless of officers’ orders to cease.
The driving force, who would later be recognized as Bittinger, swerved across the officers’ cruiser and drove away. France who was additionally on this scene, then acquired behind the car with lights and sirens.
Bittinger made her technique to Earl L. Core Highway then turned onto Deckers Creek Boulevard, France reported. She then disregarded a cease signal turning onto Inexperienced Bag Highway.
The pursuit continued onto Earl Core Highway as soon as once more, “reaching speeds of over 63 mph,” the officer stated. The posted velocity restrict is 35 mph.
Persevering with on W.Va. 7, France stated the car crossed left of middle a number of instances earlier than turning onto Tyrone Highway towards Cheat Lake.
In line with the grievance, “whereas touring on Tyrone Highway, the car went left of middle a number of instances, in addition to drove fully within the reverse lane on a number of events.
The start of the tip of Bittinger’s try and flee began when an officer with the Granville Police Division deployed spike strips close to Greenway Avenue, inflicting all 4 tires to deflate.
Regardless of hitting the strips, Bittinger continued to drive, France said, disregarding one other cease signal earlier than turning left onto Cheat Highway.
With all tires deflated, the car began slowing down and Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputies started an try and field in and cease the car.
Nonetheless, France stated, Bittinger continued to swerve across the officers and deputies, within the course of placing two deputies’ cruisers and a Morgantown Police car, inflicting her to run off the roadway and down a hillside.
Bittinger’s car lastly got here to a cease close to Storage Inn on Cheat Highway. She was taken into custody and EMS was referred to as to the scene.
Contained in the car on the driving force’s seat, the driver-side floorboard and on the passenger’s seat, officers might see drug paraphernalia, together with straws and burnt foil.
In line with the police report, Bittinger had slurred speech and was unable to maintain her eyes open. She allegedly admitted to utilizing crack cocaine.
Upon looking the car, they discovered “two folded orange sticking notes containing a white powdery substance, one small blue capsule, a number of straws, a glass pipe with residue, empty plastic baggage with white powdery residue, an empty plastic container with white powdery residue, a scale with a white powdery substance, one bong, and black Samsung telephone with a white powdery substance on it.”
Mon EMS transported Bittinger to the hospital for remedy. She is now being held at North Central Regional Jail.
Bittinger was arraigned in Monongalia County Justice of the Peace Court docket on Monday for each the Dec. 12 and Dec. 18 incidents.
She is charged with fleeing with reckless indifference on Dec. 12 and a $6,000 bond was set. For Monday’s pursuit, she is charged with fleeing with reckless indifference, fleeing whereas underneath the affect and possession of a managed substance. Bond for these offenses was set at $22,000.
The Dominion Publish reached out to the Morgantown Police Division to seek out out if the supply of the preliminary photographs fired name had been resolved however didn’t obtain a response in time for this report.