FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man who allegedly entered the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information complex March 12 in Harrison County at a high rate of speed and then crashed over an embankment has been indicted by a grand jury.
According to a copy of the indictment filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Oneil Wayne South of 310 Marion St., Fairmont, was indicted on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm as drug user and one count of reckless flight from a law enforcement officer. South was taken into custody Thursday in Clarksburg.
The indictment states that South allegedly possessed a firearm, a Taurus Millenium G, model PT 111, 9-millimeter caliber pistol, and was “an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance, that is cocaine base and marijuana.” The indictment states the firearm was shipped and transported in interstate commerce, in violation of federal law.
In the original criminal complaint, an FBI police officer said he was on patrol at approximately 7:23 a.m. March 12 at the Criminal Justice Information Services division of the FBI at 1000 Custer Hollow Rd. in Clarksburg when a red Chevrolet Cruze approached the east gate of the complex.
The vehicle was allegedly operated by South, who stopped and spoke briefly with a law enforcement official, who noticed that South allegedly was holding a type of pipe police said is commonly utilized in the use of illicit drugs.
The law enforcement official, a corporal, ordered South to pull the vehicle out of the traffic lane to a safe location. Then, South began to pull over but allegedly drove away and entered the complex speeding faster than the posted 35 and 30 mph and endangering the well-being of multiple drivers, according to the complaint.
The court papers state that South was involved in a collision with a white Chevrolet Equinox and allegedly left the scene. He then traveled over an embankment and came to rest at the bottom of the embankment, where he allegedly fled the scene on foot before officers apprehended him, the complaint states.
Court papers note that multiple FBI police units responded and tried to stop South after he entered the complex.
According to the complaint, it was determined that the vehicle was not registered to South, but was a rental car assigned to a female by the rental company. The female provided a statement that she did not give South permission to operate the vehicle, saying it was supposed to be parked at UHC hospital nearby.
Authorities charged Samantha Marie McDaniel, 24, of 199 Ben Bryan Blvd., Grafton, with felony possession of stolen property in connection with the incident, according to a criminal complaint.
Following the vehicle crash, an FBI police officer was called to the scene to conduct a search on the female passenger in the vehicle who was allegedly identified as McDaniel.
The officer and a corporal saw more drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle on both the driver and passenger sides, along with three cell phones, according to police.
After police spoke with the woman who had rented the vehicle, McDaniel was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.
Police said McDaniel was “very vague on how they obtained the vehicle,” and “was also very hesitant on answering any questions about drugs or drug paraphernalia,” the complaint reads.
However, she allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana and heroin throughout the night of March 11, and after further questioning, admitted she had a needle in her purse, according to the court papers. She was transported to UHC for treatment.
It wasn’t South’s first brush with the law.
According to a criminal complaint filed last September, South was charged with a felony possession offense in connection with an alleged Sept. 12 incident in Fairmont.
In the September case, a Fairmont Police Department patrolman conducted a traffic stop at approximately 11:53 p.m. Sept. 11 on a white 2013 Honda Accord.
The complaint stated that South allegedly told police there was a firearm under the driver’s seat, and the owner of the vehicle allegedly confirmed to officers that there was a gun under the driver’s seat of the vehicle.
According to the complaint, officers believed South to be a felon and contacted dispatch for confirmation. Then, dispatch ran an Interstate Identification Index on South and confirmed that he is a felon, having been convicted on charges through the state of New York, the complaint states.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (304) 367-2549.