Wreck leads to two arrests

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

When Pocahontas County Sheriff’s deputies Brian Shinaberry and James Peteete responded to a one vehicle accident in Bartow last week, it turned into multiple charge arrests of two individuals.

Marty R. Price, 33, of Elkins, and Cheryl Ann McCarty, 40, also of Elkins, were traveling in a 2003 Pontiac Grand AM GT when the vehicle left the road and crashed in Bartow.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Shinaberry, Bartow resident Jeremy Smith observed both Price and McCarty exit the wrecked vehicle. Smith told Shinaberry that Price charged toward him and assaulted him.

Prior to the arrival of the deputies, good samaritan Paul Marganian, of Dunmore, came upon the wreck and stopped to see if the individuals needed assistance.

Sheriff David Jonese said the report states that Price was very belligerent and irate with Marganian and broke the driver’s side window of Marganian’s vehicle. Marganian left the scene before the deputies arrived.

Once on scene, Shinaberry and Peteete administered a field sobriety test on Price and collected witness statements. When an ambulance arrived, Price was uncooperative and refused medical treatment.

As the EMT attempted to check Price, McCarty got in the way and Shinaberry had to physically remove her. When both individuals were taken to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital to be checked out, they continued to be uncooperative and tried to pick fights with hospital staff.

After they received medical treatment, Price and McCarty were taken to the sheriff’s office to make their statements. Shinaberry and Peteete then took the individuals to Tygart Valley Regional Jail where they are currently housed.

Price was charged with driving under the influence, two counts of obstructing an officer, destruction of property, assault, assault on a government employee and/or medical personnel and driving while license is revoked for DUI. A bond of $15,000 was set in magistrate court.

McCarty was charged with permitting DUI and two counts of obstructing an officer. Her bond was set at $3,000.

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