Chase, fugitive involved in weekend DUI arrests

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.

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