Man arrested after chase in Berkeley Springs
A 23-year-old Berkeley Springs man was arrested for fleeing while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, after leading police on a short high-speed chase early Sunday, November 20.
About 3:30 a.m., Sgt. S. A. Place of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office observed Daniel C. Courtney speeding while traveling south on Green Street and running stop signs in Berkeley Springs said police.
When Place attempted to stop Courtney’s vehicle, Courtney began speeding onto Rt. 9 East, turning onto Biser Street and continued east to Keystone Lane. Courtney traveled on Keystone Lane recklessly, nearly wrecking on several occasions before losing control of his vehicle and coming to a stop in a yard, police said.
Courtney allegedly refused to exit his vehicle when ordered to do so, but Place was able to remove Courtney from his vehicle and arrest him.
Courtney was charged with fleeing while DUI, a felony, with a possible sentence of 10 years in prison.
Courtney’s passenger, Richard J. Cox of Berkeley Springs, was also arrested on a Fugitive From Justice Warrant from Maryland.
Courtney is currently in Eastern Regional Jail with bond set at $50,000.
Cox is currently in Eastern Regional Jail awaiting extradition.
These arrests were made while Sgt. Place was working a DUI patrol, for which the Sheriff’s Office receives funding for through the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Campaign.