Man faces extra charges after assaulting trooper
by Ralph B. Davis
JUSTICE — A man is now facing an additional six charges that include two counts each of assault on a trooper, battery on a trooper and obstructing, after he allegedly became physical with members of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) who were attempting to serve him with an arrest warrant out of McDowell County.
According to the criminal complaint obtained from Mingo County Magistrate Court that was filed by WVSP Trooper J.R. Tupper, Darrell Daniel Steele, 23, of Justice, was at the residence of Keisha Cook when troopers with the Gilbert and Welch Detachments arrived to take him into custody. Trooper Tupper approached the front door and was informed by the other officer that Steele had attempted to flee out the back door of the residence but had gone back inside. Forcible entry was then made into the home and Steele was discovered hiding under a bed.
Attempts were made to remove Steele from his hiding place, but he chose to not go peacefully and began kicking the troopers in the chest area and on their arms, and had to be told numerous times to stop resisting before finally giving up and allowing them to stand him up and place him in handcuffs.
Steele received a $9,000 bond on the assault, battery and obstructing charges during his arraignment before Mingo Magistrate Pam Newsome and was also issued a $3,000 bond from the felony charge in McDowell County. He was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden and will appear in court this week for his preliminary hearings.
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