CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Authorities say a Michigan man who tried to outrun a Fayette County sheriff's deputy had dozens of illegal prescription painkillers in his vehicle.
Fayette Deputy A.E. Roberts was patrolling Friday afternoon in the Deep Water area when he tried to stop a black Dodge Avenger. Instead of stopping, the driver sped up, according to a statement from the sheriff's department.
The Dodge stopped on Deep Water Street after a brief pursuit. The driver was identified as Shawn Laprelle Booker, 44, of Detroit.
Roberts noticed Booker trying to hide something while they spoke. A search turned up a bag of about 80 30-milligram Roxycodone pills, worth about $2,400 on the street, according to the release.
He was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was on bond at the time of his arrest for a previous drug arrest in Nicholas County.
Booker was free on bond as of Sunday.
Anyone with information on drug activity can contact the sheriff's department at 304-5744216 or Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867. Tips also can be submitted at http://fayettesheriffwv.net or through the department Facebook page listed under "Fayette County Sheriff's Department."