Police blotter: Man from Ohio jumps into freezing river to avoid police

January 16, 2018 GMT

BARBOURSVILLE- The following information was provided by criminal complaints from Cabell County Magistrate Court:

PURSUIT: A 34-year-old South Point, Ohio, man was treated for hypothermia after jumping into the Mud River to avoid police following a pursuit in an allegedly stolen truck Sunday night near the Huntington Mall in Barboursville.

Joshua Everett Roman was pulled from the river by West Virginia State Police and Cabell County Sheriff’s deputies. He was charged with felony fleeing while DUI, fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference, grand larceny and misdemeanor driving on a license revoked for DUI, fleeing on foot, and obstruction, according to criminal complaints from Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Troopers, who were called to U.S. 60 in Ona about 4:15 p.m. after a Chevy Silverado was reported stolen from a nearby car dealer, spotted the truck moving erratically near the Mall Road intersection in Barboursville, reports state. Police, with lights and sirens active, followed the truck through two red lights as it continued north on Mall Road toward the Huntington Mall before spinning out in the north parking lot near JC Penney.

The driver fled the truck on foot over a nearby guardrail and tumbled about 50 feet down an embankment to the Mud River below, according to reports. There he was spotted “on his back floating lifelessly” in the water as temperatures fell around 15 degrees. Troopers and deputies along adjacent Wildcat Road - across the river from the mall - were able to pull the driver from the water, after which he admitted to having used methamphetamine, reports state.

Roman was treated at Cabell Huntington Hospital and released to custody. He remains incarcerated at Western Regional Jail.

The following information was provided by reports from the Huntington Police Department:

The Huntington Police Department listed 11 new incident reports in the 24-hour period ending at 3 p.m. Monday, according to a printout released by the department. However, the individual police reports were not made available, so these are the only known details:

Warrant service, breaking and entering, 2:50 a.m. Monday, 500 block of 8th Street.

Destruction of property, 10:52 p.m. Sunday, 200 block of Clemm Street.

DUI, driving under suspension, 6:53 p.m. Sunday, Washington Avenue/West 16th Street.

Receiving/transferring stolen property, burglary, 10 p.m. Wednesday, 1100 block of 20th Street.

Stolen auto, 11 p.m. Saturday, 2400 block of Collis Avenue.

Deceased person, 11:56 a.m. Sunday, 800 block of West 11th Street.

Domestic battery, 11 a.m. Sunday, 1300 block of Jefferson Avenue.

Stolen auto, 10 a.m. Saturday, 800 block of 3rd Avenue.

Possession of a controlled substance, driving under suspension, no registration, no insurance, 8:20 a.m. Sunday, 29th Street/5th Avenue.

Petit larceny, midnight Saturday, 2100 block of 11th Avenue.

Destruction of property, grand larceny, breaking and entering a vehicle, 6 p.m. Sunday, 700 block of 3rd Avenue.

The following information was provided by booking records at the Western Regional Jail:

Eric Ruben Lawson, 38, was jailed at 5:35 a.m. Monday. Authorities in Cabell County charged him with breaking and entering. He was also jailed on two active warrants. Bond was not set.

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