DINGESS, W.Va. – A Holden man faces felony and misdemeanor charges after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident and leaving a passenger of the vehicle behind who had sustained possible injuries.
William Ball Jr., 32 from Holden, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, possession with intent to deliver and no proof of insurance.
The incident occurred Friday, March 3 and was investigated by TFC Belt with the West Virginia State Police. A warrant for Ball’s arrest was executed Friday, March 10 after the matter was brought before Mingo County Magistrate, David Justice.
A criminal complaint states that an officer responded to Mount Hope Drive in the Dingess area of Mingo County in reference to a single vehicle accident.
When the officer arrived, members of the Lenore Fire Department informed the officer that the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Ball, had left the scene of the accident.
The officer spoke with one of the passengers of the accident who allegedly told the officer that Ball was traveling at a high rate of speed and had lost control of the vehicle which resulted in the vehicle hitting the ditch on the left hand side of the road which caused the vehicle to roll over.
The victim also allegedly told the officer that Ball had left the scene of the accident and he was unsure of his location.
The victim had also allegedly been ejected from the sunroof of the vehicle during the accident and was later flown to the Pikeville Medical Center with possible internal injuries.
While the officer was investigating the accident, the officer allegedly observed in plain view a plastic baggy containing a large amount of what was believed to be marijuana in the glove box inside the vehicle. The officer was also unable to locate a valid insurance card inside the vehicle.
Leaving the scene of an accident has been classified as a misdemeanor in this instance. Having no proof of insurance is also considered to be a misdemeanor offense. However, possession with intent to deliver is considered to be a felony offense. According to the West Virginia State Code, if Ball is convicted of possession of a controlled substance, he could be sentenced to confinement in a state correctional facility for up to five years and/ or fined up to $15,000.
Information in this article was obtained by use of a criminal complaint which is public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until and unless 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.