CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former magistrate candidate Edwin C. "Bud" Anderson was arrested Friday after a police officer saw him teaching a teenager off-road driving techniques.
Anderson, 58, who owns a driving school, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to the police report, South Charleston Police Officer B.A. Paschall encountered a female juvenile doing "doughnuts" in an empty field near South Charleston Middle School on Third Avenue.
Anderson was also in the front seat, and another adult male was in the back seat, according to the report. The vehicle was making quick turns around six power poles in the unfenced grass lot.
Paschall said the vehicle was being operated in "reckless disregard for the safety of others." He requested another officer for backup.
When officers indicated that she pull over and stop, Anderson told them the student was joining the military and he was teaching her to drive a vehicle in off-road conditions as if she were driving a "Humvee."
The girl told officers she was driving the car according to Anderson's instructions.
But Paschall noted that there was no additional safety equipment in the car that would make it safe for off-road vehicle training, like a roll cage or five-point harness. Also, Paschall said ownership of the field was uncertain at the time and he noticed the tactics were tearing up the grass.
Later, police discovered the lot is owned by the University of Charleston, which indicated it wanted Anderson prosecuted. He was also charged with destruction of property.
Anderson ran unsuccessfully for Kanawha County magistrate in 2012. He is the owner of a realty company and of Bud's Driver's Edge driving school.
Anderson was arraigned in South Charleston Municipal Court and released on bond, according to WCHS-TV.
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