THACKER – A Thacker man was arrested on a variety of charges including grand larceny after allegedly posing as a security guard in the Town of Matewan.
Anthony Clyde Browning, 22 from Thacker, was arrested on Sunday, July 24 by Dep. B. T. Sipple and Ptlm. L. Ross of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department on misdemeanor and felony charges related to grand larceny, fleeing DUI, reckless driving, no insurance, two counts of obstructing an officer, driving on suspended for a prior DUI and second offense DUI.
According to a criminal complaint, the officers made contact with Browning while standing beside a dirt bike and posing as a security guard in the Town of Matewan. The officers drove around the town to speak with people concerning an attempted robbery. At that time, the officers heard what appeared to be a dirt bike start up and take off.
The officers then left the town to assist another officer. When the officers returned to Matewan, they were informed that a KTM dirt bike belonging to Donald McCoy had been stolen. The dirt bike was valued at approximately $10,000. The officers then began searching for Browning and started a patrol of the town in an attempt to locate the dirt bike.
When officers located Browning on the dirt bike, Browning allegedly fled toward the Thacker area in an attempt to escape law enforcement. The criminal complaint states that Browning took off at a high rate of speed and was traveling in a reckless manner. Browning later lost control of the dirt bike and laid the bike down.
Once officers made contact with Browning, they gave verbal commands for him to get on the ground which he allegedly refused to do. Officers then subdued Browning to the ground and he was taken into custody without further incident.
Browning was unable to produce a valid insurance card for the dirt bike. Further investigation revealed that Browning’s license was suspended for a prior DUI from 2015.
Officers then transported Browning to Williamson Memorial where he tested positive for Benzodiazepines, Cannabinoids, Cocaine, and Opiates. He was then transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden W.Va. and was arraigned before Magistrate Barry Marcum.
Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaint which is public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)