What initially appeared to be a traffic violation evolved into an arrest for child neglect in Tucker County this week, authorities said.
Jessica Nicol Poe, 24, of Hambleton was arrested Tuesday around 9:40 a.m. on Route 72 north of Parsons. She was charged with two counts of child neglect resulting in injury and child neglect creating risk of injury, all felonies.
Poe was initially pulled over for reckless driving, according to a report by the Tucker County Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded to a call regarding the driver of a silver Volkswagen who was reportedly driving erratically. When the officers arrived at the area they passed the vehicle rounding a turn left of the center line, according to the police report.
The officers followed the Volkswagen and, after watching it cross the center line twice more, as well as stop with the front end jutting out into a lane of traffic, indicated that Poe should pull over. After she did so, Poe allegedly put the car in reverse, causing the officers to fear she was going to hit their cruiser, according to the police report.
Two children - a 4-year old and a 2-year old - were riding in the back seat of the car without any type of child restraints or car seats, police said. Poe appeared to be under the influence when officers spoke with her, according to the police report.
Poe was cited for driving without a license and left of center, but after speaking with Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney Ray LaMora III, the officers decided to arrest her for child neglect.
Police said Poe was arraigned and bond was set at $2,000 cash or surety. Poe is currently being held in the Tygarts Valley Regional Jail.