MORGANTOWN — Morgantown police officers arrested two men on DUI-related charges over the weekend.
One involved a short chase and the other a fugitive wanted in Louisiana.
Joshua Fisher, 34,of Uniontown Pa., was charged early Monday morning with fleeing in a vehicle from an officer while under the influence and was awaiting arraignment, according to a press release from Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston.
At about 2:30 a.m. Monday, officers saw a Ford Focus, traveling at a high rate of speed, northbound on Beechurst Avenue. It was near Campus Drive, heading to Monongahela Boulevard and dragging part of the front bumper.
Officers initiated a stop and the motorist stopped for the traffic light at the intersection of Beechurst Avenue and Sixth Street. As officers approached the vehicle, the driver — Fisher — sped away. Officers were able to get the vehicle stopped on Mon Boulevard.
Officers attempted to have the driver get out of the vehicle, but he refused. Following a brief struggle with the officers, he was removed from the car, according to Preston’s release. After taking Fisher into custody, they found that he was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
According to the press release, the vehicle had been in a “significant collision and there was significant damage to the vehicle, consistent with being recently involved in a crash.” There had been no reports of car accidents and police officers were unable to find evidence of car crashes in the area.
Fisher had injuries likely sustained during a motor vehicle crash and was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, according to the release. He was treated and released.
Anyone who may have seen or been part of a motor vehicle crash may contact the Morgantown Police Department, 304-284-7522 for follow up investigation.
Morgantown police also arrested Gary Shuevront, 45, of Morgantown.
At about 2:59 a.m. Sunday, officers saw a Chevrolet pick-up truck veer off the Grafton Road and nearly strike a guard rail. Officers stopped the truck and conducted field sobriety tests on Shuevront, finding him to be intoxicated, according to a press release from Preston. Shuevront refused to submit to a chemical analysis of his breath and was charged with DUI.
While processing him for the charges, police found that Shuevront was wanted as a fugitive from Jefferson Parrish, La. He is being held pending arraignment and extradition.