An Elkins man accused of burglary was arrested this week when police found him driving without a valid operator's license.
Mark Allen Shiflett, 43, was charged with third-offense driving suspended/revoked for DUI, a felony, and burglary, also a felony, after police arrested him for driving illegally on Second Street in Elkins Wednesday. A warrant for Shiflett's arrest had been issued in mid-November after he allegedly broke into his ex-wife's apartment and began pushing her and screaming at her.
According to the criminal complaint, Cpl. A.M. Channell with the Elkins Police Department was dispatched to a house in the 200 block of Second Street Wednesday to speak with a man who had reportedly pushed another man. When he arrived on scene, Channell - who possessed an active warrant for Shiflett's arrest issued by magistrate court - spotted Shiflett driving a black Pontiac Sunfire. Shiflett allegedly drove into the parking lot between Central Towers and the Madison House and then pulled in front of the Madison House, located at 220 Second Street, the report states.
Shiflett was placed under arrest and is currently awaiting preliminary hearing in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $30,000 cash-only bond.
The burglary charge pending against Shiflett stems from a Nov. 15 incident that also transpired in the 200 block of Second Street, according to the criminal complaint in the magistrate clerk's office. Patrolman M.J. Sigley, the investigating officer, and Channell were dispatched to an apartment in the 200 block of Second Street to respond to a fight taking place inside the residence. When they arrived, the officers conversed with Sherry Streets, the occupant of the apartment, who said her ex-husband, Shiflett, kicked in the front door of her apartment and then entered her bedroom, according to the complaint.
Shiflett allegedly began yelling and cursing at Streets and "kept using his chest to push her around," Sigley wrote in the report. After Streets repeatedly told him to leave, Shiflett eventually exited the apartment, walked out on the sidewalk, turned around and threw a rock, breaking the window on the front door of the residence.
The penalty for someone convicted of burglary is one to 15 years in the state penitentiary, while the penalty for a conviction of third-offense driving while suspended/revoked is one to three years in the state penitentiary and a $3,000 to $5,000 fine.