Multiple arrests reported by Mingo County officers

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

December 27, 2013

Rachel Baldwin


WILLIAMSON - Police officers employed by several agencies in Mingo County were somewhat busy over the holiday weekend, arresting several individuals on a variety of charges.

Eric Williams, 30, of Interlachen, Fla., was taken into custody by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Deputy L. Thomas on charges of DUI and driving left of center.

According to the criminal complaint, Williams was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero on Buffalo Mountain, near the town of Delbarton when he was seen by the officer swerving into the oncoming lane of traffic. A traffic stop was initiated and, while questioning Williams, the deputy said he noted the strong odor of alcohol on Williams’ breath. A preliminary breathalyzer test was administered, which produced a result of .145, the deputy said.

Joel McClanahan, 52, of Matewan, was arrested by Deputy M.J. Mounts on charges of DUI and destruction of property. The defendant is said to have crashed a vehicle on Rutherford Hollow, causing damage in excess of $1,000 to a garage owned by Elaine Sparks. McClanahan was unable to complete a field sobriety test and was taken to Williamson Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for a head injury he had sustained in the accident, according to Mounts, and was then taken to the Southwestern Regional Jail.

Jerry Conley, 34, of Delbarton, was arrested and charged with reckless driving, no registration and no proof of insurance by Deputies L. Thomas and R. Fitch.

The defendant allegedly operated a Ford Ranger in a reckless manner, causing it to leave the roadway and ending up in the creek. He then left the scene of the accident and went next door to a residence and called someone to pick him up, according to the deputies’ complaint. Upon arrival, the deputies said they discovered that Conley had no insurance and the vehicle was not properly licensed.

April Hendricks, 33, of Brenton, was arrested by Cpl. N. Mines of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department after she allegedly violated an emergency protection order when she contacted the residence of Tomi Vannoy, who had been granted the protection order against Hendricks.

All defendants were arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court.