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Pennsylvania drug charge leads police to a car stolen in West Virginia

KINGWOOD — A Terra Alta man wanted for failing to return a relative’s car was arrested on drug charges in Pennsylvania.

Travis Dean Teets, 35, was arrested Jan. 22 in Westmoreland County, Pa.

He was returned to West Virginia and arraigned on a charge of unlawful taking of a vehicle this week.

According to West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper L.S. Hall, on Jan. 22, a woman reported to police that Teets, to whom she is related, borrowed her car. They agreed it would be returned by 3 p.m.

Teets called her and said he would return it by 5 p.m., the victim said, but he did not. She called him several times, but he didn’t answer.

That could be because Teets and another man were arrested by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Shauntai Hall outside a convenience store. They were charged with illegal possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and other offenses.

West Virginia Trooper Hall learned of the arrest when he entered the car into the National Crime Information Center database as stolen and was told Pennsylvania police had inquired about the car earlier. The Pennsylvania trooper subsequently charged Teets with receiving stolen property, too.

Teets was in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 cash bond on the vehicle charge.
No bond was set on felony charges returned by the March Preston County grand jury of wanton endangerment, reckless driving and two firearms charges.

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