Bland County Police Blotter-May 29, 2019

From staff reports

A North Carolina resident accused of ramming state police cars during a two-county chase on Sunday is facing a string of felony charges.

Anthony Scott Treadway, 25, of China Grove was given a court-appointed attorney on Tuesday to represent him on the Wythe County charges. He’ll be arraigned today (Wednesday) on the Bland County charges.

According to a Virginia State Police spokeswoman and court records, Treadway was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee south on Interstate 77 in Bland County at 11:25 a.m. when a state trooper attempted to stop him for going 89 miles per hour in a 70-mph zone.

Police said Treadway refused to stop and the chase continued into Wythe County, ending when the Jeep rear-ended a state police vehicle.

He’s also accused of striking two other state police vehicles during the chase.

Treadway was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released, police said. One trooper also was treated for minor injuries.

In Bland County, Treadway was charged with reckless driving by speed, driving without a license and felony eluding police.

In Wythe, he was charged with felony destruction of property, reckless driving and three counts of assault and battery of a police officer for hitting vehicles driven by troopers T.U. Keene, C. Viars and H. Viars.

According to court records, when the chase started, Treadway was returning to North Carolina after visiting his son in West Virginia.

Employed by a lumber company, he’s on probation for a North Carolina charge of fake identification, according to court paperwork.

His preliminary hearing has been set for July 11 in Wythe County General District Court. No court date has been set in Bland.

Former school bus driver charged with DWI

A former Bland County school bus driver was arrested on May 22 and charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving after a deputy investigated a wreck on Suiter Road.

Joey Wayne Pauley Sr., 56, of Bland will be arraigned today (Wednesday) on the misdemeanor charge.

In a criminal complaint, Deputy J.P. Agee wrote that he smelled alcohol on Pauley when got to the wreck site.

Agee said Pauley told him that a deer ran out in front of him.

“I asked him how much he had drank today; he stated a few shots of tequila,” Agee wrote.

Agee said he gave Pauley field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test, which showed a blood alcohol level of .13, which is over the legal driving limit of .08.

Now unemployed, Pauley was a school bus driver for 18 years before being charged last year with public intoxication, assault and breaking and entering.

Pauley was outside his parked car on Suiter Road last September when a deputy said he smelled alcohol on him.

Pauley paid the fine and court costs on the public drunkenness charge before his court date.

In the other two cases, a woman accused Pauley of assaulting her and later breaking into her house with a key and taking personal items.

The burglary charge was eventually dropped and Pauley was convicted of trespassing instead of assault.

Setting Pauley’s bond at $1,000, a magistrate wrote that he “seemed honest, cooperative.”

His court date has been set for June 26.

County man charged with DWI

A Bland County man was charged with driving while intoxicated on May 20 after a deputy said he followed the man’s vehicle and saw it weaving.

Darrell Linton Tibbs, 57, will be arraigned today in Bland County General District Court.

Deputy E.V. Milliner said he started following Tibbs’ vehicle after police got a complaint about a possibly intoxicated driver.

Milliner said that Tibbs, who told him that he’d only had a glass of wine, smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and coordination problems.

He said Tibbs showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of .17.

Employed at the Bland Correctional Center for 23 years, Tibbs’ prior criminal record includes a DWI in 2008, according to court records.

He’s free on a $2,500 bond.

“Deputy advised that accused has been cooperative,” a magistrate wrote.

Bland resident accused of DWI

Todd Eric Havens, 41, of Bland was arrested on May 19 and charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content at least .15 but not more than. .20.

According to court paperwork, his blood alcohol level was .18, more than double Virginia’s legal driving limit.

Employed by ABB for 26 years, Havens, who has no criminal record, is free on a $2,000 bond and will be arraigned June 5.

Virginia State Police Trooper D.C. Collins made the arrest.

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