A French Creek man who fled from police while driving drunk during a joyride will spend between three and 10 years in prison after being sentenced this week in Upshur County Circuit Court.
Mark Edward Riffle, 22, was convicted of fleeing while driving under the influence, DUI and driving while have a license revoked for DUI. He received a three- to 10-year prison sentence on the fleeing charge, a six-month sentence on the DUI charge and a year on the revoked license charge. The sentences will run concurrently.
Riffle was charged in November 2011 with taking a truck owned by Hydrocarbon Well Service for a joyride between Weston and Buckhannon. When officers with the West Virginia State Police observed the vehicle crossing the center line and running off the road on Route 20 near Tennerton, they attempted to get Riffle to pull over.
Instead, Riffle fled from police onto Sago Road, prompting a police pursuit that lasted nearly 3 miles. Riffle reportedly left the vehicle in an attempt to flee on foot, but was stopped by officers. Riffle then reportedly told the state troopers that he had taken the vehicle and was drunk.