A Chapmanville police officer filed a criminal complaint in the Magistrate Court of Logan County documenting a DUI arrest. Criminal complaints are public information and are not an indication of guilt. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
The officer in this case conducted a traffic stop for defective equipment near the Chapmanville Middle School on Crawley Creek Road. After speaking with the driver, the officer notes the driver’s speech was slurred and upon exiting the vehicle, he was unsteady on his feet. After obtaining the driver’s license and registration, the officer had Logan 911 get information and learned Chad Eric Surgoine, 33, of Chapmanville, was revoked for DUI and had numerous unpaid citations.
The officer then attempted to place handcuffs on Surgoine, who broke free and ran. The officer pursued the defendant on foot and the defendant refused to stop after repeated verbal commands for him to stop. The chase continued past Sawmill Hollow, where Surgoine jumped a metal gate, threatened the officer and told him to shoot him and make it count.
When other officers arrived, Surgoine turned to run. The officer deployed his taser and Surgoine fell to the ground and officers were able to take him into custody.
Surgoine was arrested and charged with driving revoked DUI, fleeing on foot, DUI, assault on a police officer and obstructing a police officer. His bond was set at $25,000.