MORGANTOWN — Morgantown Police Department officers arrested a man after he was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle while intoxicated in the early morning hours of Jan. 21 downtown.
Jacob Warrington, 20, of Hanover, Pa., was charged with driving under the influence and grand larceny.
According to a press release, at about 3:14 a.m. Jan. 21, officers encountered a vehicle driving the wrong way on Chestnut Street, near Reid Street, nearly striking a marked cruiser head on.
An officer tried to stop the vehicle and the driver put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated as a passenger was getting out. The vehicle struck the passenger, knocking him to the ground, but not causing any serious injuries. The vehicle continued to accelerate and collided with a Dumpster, where it came to rest. The driver refused to comply with the instructions of the officers and had to be physically removed from the vehicle. Following a brief struggle, he was taken into custody. The driver was found to be intoxicated at the time of the incident and the passenger ran from the area.
While conducting their investigation for driving under the influence, officers found that the vehicle, a 2012 Kia Forte, had been stolen earlier in the day.