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Man who fled police arrested on meth charge

September 27, 2012
By Brad Johnson - News Editor , The Inter-Mountain

A man who allegedly escaped police custody during a routine traffic stop - while still wearing handcuffs - more than two weeks ago was arrested and charged with multiple felonies this week, officials said.

Archie Ray Arbogast, 36, of Dunmore, was charged with possession of precursor to manufacture methamphetamine and four counts of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine laboratory.

According to the criminal complaint, prepared by Trooper M.J. Wilson of the West Virginia State Police, a tip led officers to pull over a silver 1998 Jeep Cherokee on Rt. 219 South in Dailey Tuesday evening.

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Officers found Arborgast in the passenger seat, and the driver gave permission for police to search the vehicle, the complaint stated.

Inside the vehicle, officers found two backpacks, which contained several bottles labeled Liquid Fuel, a bottle labeled Muriatic Acid, rubber tubing, coffee filters, an oil filter, two lithium batteries, 14 capsules of Claritin D24 Hours, and two 100 mg tablets of sumatriptan, according to the complaint.

Arbogast said the items were his and that the driver was not aware what was in the backpacks, the complaint stated.

Other officers at the scene included Sr. Trooper S.E. Hevener, Deputy Brian Talkington and U.S. Forest Service Agent Dave Fraiser, Wilson wrote in the complaint.

Arbogast allegedly escaped police custody Sept. 10 during a traffic stop on Harrison Avenue in Elkins.

Sgt. G.L. Stalnaker of the State Police said Wilson initiated the traffic stop and was given permission to search the vehicle. Inside he found a substance believed to be methamphetamine and several precursors to manufacture methamphetamine, Stalnaker said.

Stalnaker said Wilson called for back-up and placed Arbogast, one of the occupants of the car, in handcuffs for safety reasons. Meanwhile, another occupant, David Doyle, ran from the car and allegedly tried to steal one of the troopers' cruisers, Stalnaker said.

During the altercation, Wilson was bitten in the forearm by Doyle, and the suspect also caused damage to the cruiser, Stalnaker said.

Stalnaker said that while the troopers were wrestling with Doyle, Arbogast slipped his handcuffs to the front of his body and ran from the scene.

Doyle, 39, was charged with fleeing, a felony, and seven misdemeanors.



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