FAIRMONT — A 30-year-old Fairmont man faces a fleeing charge after a police pursuit July 10 that ended outside Monongah when he lost control of his motorcycle, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint states that Beau Jameson Bartlett of 149 Little Mill Fall Rd., Fairmont, is charged with felony fleeing in a vehicle.
According to the court papers, Marion County 911 requested a West Virginia State Police corporal respond to Interstate 79 at approximately 1:24 p.m.
The call involved a black motorcycle that allegedly fled from Monongalia law enforcement on I-79 southbound around the Goshen Road area at mile marker 146.
The corporal showed up at the interstate, between mile markers 136 and 135. He saw a motorcycle that fit the description he had been given.
Then, the corporal pulled out behind the motorcycle in a marked West Virginia State Police cruiser, and saw that it didn’t have a registration plate displayed, the complaint states.
The corporal activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren, and the driver looked back, clearly seeing the marked cruiser and lights, according to the court papers.
The driver allegedly was later identified as Beau Jameson Bartlett, the complaint states.
Bartlett allegedly accelerated and began to flee from the corporal at high rates of speed on I-79, secondary routes and U.S. routes through commercial and residential areas, according to the complaint.
The complaint states that during the pursuit, Bartlett allegedly drove recklessly, crossed double yellow lines into oncoming traffic; ran multiple stop signs and a construction red signal light; passed vehicles down the middle of the road in no passing lanes, with traffic traveling in both directions; and nearly hit multiple motorists.
According to the court papers, the incident took place over several miles for approximately eight minutes, ending on Mill Fall Run Road outside the Town of Monongah after Bartlett allegedly lost control and laid the motorcycle down.
Court records show Bartlett’s bail was set at $100,012, which wasn’t posted. He is in North Central Regional Jail.