FAIRMONT — Police say a 19-year-old Shinnston man narrowly avoided colliding with several oncoming motorists during a high-speed on Route 218.
Clayton Lucas Moore of 324 Moore Way, Shinnston, is charged with felony fleeing with reckless indifference, and is being held in the North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $75,012 bail.
In the complaint, a West Virginia state trooper said he responded to a report of domestic violence and stalking around 8:20 p.m. on Jan. 15 at a home in the Rachel area of Marion County.
The trooper said it was the third occasion on that day that law enforcement had been called regarding a man identified as Clayton L. Moore. Police said Moore had gone to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Teddy Hillberry, and threatened to harm her and her elderly father.
While on the way to the home, Marion County dispatchers told the trooper that Moore was now following the ex-girlfriend and her mother while they tried to flee from him on Route 250 southbound toward Farmington. Police said Moore was following them in a green-colored Subaru Forester.
Police found Moore sitting in a parking lot across from a gas station at the
intersection of routes 250 and 218, according to the complaint. The trooper tried to stop Moore, who then abruptly “spun out” onto Route 218, where he narrowly avoided colliding with several oncoming motorists, according to the court papers.
When the trooper activated his siren and pursued Moore southbound on Route 218 into Idamay, Moore “flagrantly disregarded the safety of himself,” the trooper and other motorists by traveling at speeds of more than 90 mph while trying to flee, the complaint states.
Police said the pursuit continued southbound while Moore passed multiple motorists in a no-passing zone and narrowly avoided several head-on collisions with oncoming vehicles.
Eventually, Moore stopped at the intersection with Route 19, where multiple Marion County Sheriff’s Office units had staged themselves to assist, the complaint states.
Moore was taken into custody and charged with one county of fleeing with reckless indifference.
Police said Moore also faces one count of felony burglary for a break-in at Hillberry’s residence the same day.
In a criminal complaint, police said Moore broke into the home through the front door “in a fit of rage.”
Police said Moore caused “the fear of immediate injury” to Hillberry’s father and traveled into Mrs. Hillberry’s bedroom, grabbed her by the shoulders and slammed her up against a window. The complaint states Moore broke the window and threatened to kill Mrs. Hillberry and burn the home to the ground.
Both victims “stated they feared for their safety and was very fearful of Clayton Moore hitting them at the time of the incident and/or returning to the residence to commit further acts of violence,” the complaint states.
A West Virginia State Police corporal saw the damaged front door and two sets of windows in Mrs. Hillberry’s bedroom.
“Mr. Hillberry stated he was in such fear for his safety he had to resort to picking up a fire poker in an attempt to protect himself but did not have to use it,” the complaint states. The corporal said there was approximately $450 in damage to the door and window.
The corporal said Marion County 911 said that, in a year’s time, Moore had been reported four times, one of which involved the shooting of a weapon and a domestic-related incident involving Mrs. Hillberry.
Moore’s bail for this incident was also set at $75,012, according to the court records.