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Resident arrested after crash with Kanawha school bus

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Police officers arrested a West Side man on multiple misdemeanor charges after he crashed into a school bus just after 3 p.m. Thursday.

Robert Pryor, 52, of Charleston, was charged with simple possession of marijuana, receiving or transferring stolen goods and simple possession of a controlled substance.

Magistrate Brent Hall set Pryor's bond at $1,500 cash.

Pryor was driving near 4th Avenue and Stockton Street on the West Side when he crashed into the bus, according to a police report filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

None of the children on the bus was injured, a dispatcher with Kanawha County Metro 911 said.

Patrolman D. Fields arrived on the scene and saw Pryor being examined by Charleston Fire Department paramedics, according to the arrest report.

Fields allegedly discovered that Pryor had a large pocketknife in his pants pocket.

The officer told Pryor he was not permitted to take the knife with him in the ambulance. Officers said they recognized Pryor from a previous drug arrest, according to the report.

Fields allegedly asked Pryor if he had anything else that "officers should know about," according to the arrest report. Pryor said he didn't.

But Fields allegedly discovered a small plastic baggy containing what he believed to be marijuana.

Pryor then reached into his pants pocket and pulled out a small white pill container.

He then attempted to dump the green, leafy substance officers believe was marijuana onto the ground, according to the report. Fields ordered Pryor to stop and grabbed the container.

An additional pat down revealed 8 grams of marijuana in three separate plastic bags, according to the report.

Officers also found two small pill bottles containing prescription anxiety medication on Pryor. The two bottles contained a total of eight pills, according to the report.

Upon searching the car, officers discovered a new motor vehicle inspection sticker above the driver side visor, according to the report.

A check revealed the inspection sticker had been stolen.

Pryor told officers he did not need medical attention. He was taken to Kanawha County Magistrate Court to be arraigned. He had not posted bond as of Thursday evening and was taken to South Central Regional Jail. The children on the bus were checked by Charleston Fire Department paramedics and were released from the scene, the dispatcher with Kanawha 911 said.


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