Man, woman arrested after weekend pursuit

From staff reports

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly fleeing from authorities for the second time in three months.

Brian Scott Moore, 44, of 131 Loretta Lane, Parkersburg, was arrested Saturday in Jackson County after the West Virginia State Police and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department used spike strips to disable the Honda Civic in which he’d been traveling, according to criminal complaints filed in Wood and Jackson County Magistrate Courts. He was charged with a total of three counts of fleeing with reckless indifference and one count of petit larceny.

The Wood County complaint says Wood County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Saturday afternoon to Wadesville Road for a report of a larceny in progress. A passing motorist reported seeing a Civic traveling at an accelerated rate of speed, and a deputy located the vehicle on Ruble Road. The Civic then pulled into a yard and back out onto Ruble Road, traveling at a high rate of speed.

The deputy in pursuit lost sight of him, but the vehicle was spotted again on West Virginia 21 in Jackson County, according a complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court. After the vehicle was stopped, Moore and a female passenger — later identified as Melanie Ann Blake, 45, of 1814 Little Grave Creek, Glen Dale — attempted to flee over the guardrail and into the woods near Medina Road, the complaint says.

Moore reportedly told troopers he fled because he thought there might be a warrant out for his arrest and he did not want to go to jail.

He was charged with two counts of fleeing with reckless indifference, one from each county, and a third count from a July 17 incident in which he fled from Gihon Road in south Parkersburg into Ohio and back again, reaching speeds of more than 120 miles per hour, a separate criminal complaint said. The petit larceny charge is a result of Moore allegedly selling a 2003 Hyundai Sonata to a man, but did not turn the vehicle over to him.

Moore is being held in the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston on $200,000 surety and $30,000 cash bonds.

Blake was also charged with fleeing with reckless indifference. She’s in custody at the South Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.