LENORE - A Lenore resident was taken into custody by the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) on Wednesday, after a call for help was received from a female alleging that her boyfriend had physically assaulted her.
According to the criminal complaint filed by WVSP Senior Trooper J.K. Harris, Noah Ryan, 29, of Lenore, was arrested on charges of domestic battery, domestic assault, joy riding, DUI 2nd offense, driving on a revoked or suspended license and speeding.
Trooper Harris, along with Trooper T.G. Kania III, arrived at the home and made contact with Kim Chavis, the victim, who advised the officers that Ryan, with who she resides, had arrived home from work in an intoxicated state. She further related that she and Ryan had become engaged in a verbal altercation at which time the accused escalated the incident by throwing a plate and a water bottle at the victim. Chavis stated that her boyfriend then grabbed her by the throat and told her to calm down. She advised that Ryan left the residence in her mother’s (Brenda McCoy) vehicle, despite McCoy’s protest of him driving it while he was intoxicated.
After leaving the residence, the officers observed a vehicle matching the description they had been provided that was traveling at a rate of 57 m.p.h. on U.S. Route 65 South in a posted 35 m.p.h. zone. A traffic stop was then initiated and contact was made with the accused. Upon exiting the vehicle, Ryan was patted down by the troopers and was found to have a strong alcoholic beverage smell on his breath. A series of field sobriety tests were administered by Trooper Harris, which Ryan failed to complete. The defendant then submitted to a preliminary breath test which produced results of 0.161, twice the legal limit.
Further investigation revealed that Ryan’s license had been suspended in the State of North Carolina for a previous DUI conviction.
The defendant was arraigned before Mingo County Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler, who set bail in this matter at $3,600.