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Rachel Baldwin

Staff Writer

WILLIAMSON - A Williamson resident who was wanted on charges stemming from a May incident involving an ATV decided to repeat his criminal behavior last week and found himself under arrest on a multitude of charges.

Ricky L. Gauze, 33, was wanted on a warrant obtained by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper J.D. Matheny on May 14th for charges of fleeing in a vehicle, driving on a license revoked for reasons of DUI, destruction of property, operating ATV on roadway, no helmet and obstructing.

According to the complaint, the trooper was performing road patrol on U.S. Rt. 52 in Maher when he observed an ATV doing “donuts” and spinning in the grass of the Mountain View Memory Gardens in Maher. The officer activated his emergency lights and advised the defendant to exit the ATV, which he failed to do. Gauze is said to have accelerated the ATV and fled the cemetery onto Rt. 52, traveling in the northbound location. He was not wearing a helmet. The identity of the defendant was known to the trooper due to his prior criminal record and arrests. Upon requesting a DMV inquiry on the defendant’s license status, Matheny was informed it had been revoked for two prior DUI’s with conviction dates of 1-12-11 and 09-18-12.

A warrant was obtained and signed by Mingo County Magistrate Pam Newsome but until June 6th, the location of the defendant was not known. On the 6th, Mingo County Sheriff’s Deputy M.J. Miller was on road patrol on U.S. Rt. 52 when he observed an ATV pull into a yard from the highway, without headlights. The ATV allegedly drove through the yard and then stopped. Upon approaching Gauze, who was operating the 4-wheeler, he jumped off and ran across the roadway and started up Old Field Branch. The deputy was advised by a witness the direction in which he had fled and gave a description of the clothing he was wearing.

Miller traveled up Old Field Branch and went to a residence he had been told the defendant was hiding in. The homeowner stated he would get him and bring him out. At this time, Deputy Miller heard the defendant running through the house. The officer went to the rear of the trailer to head him off, but Gauze ran back inside and attempted to shut the door but was apprehended by the deputy.

The second set of charges include crossing the centerline on an ATV, no headlights, fleeing no vehicle, obstructing an officer and DUS for DUI.

Gauze was arraigned by Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a bond of $5,900.

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