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Wetzel County woman arrested after pursuit with deputies while child was in the back seat

MANNINGTON, W.Va. - A Wetzel County woman was arrested in Marion County after engaging in a pursuit with deputies while her 3-year-old child was in the back seat.

Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Department said they were dispatched to Husky Highway near Katy Road in Marion County on December 29 where Tiffany Menas, 42, of New Martinsville, left in a vehicle with her child in the backseat, while possibly under the influence of methamphetamine. Deputies said Menas was traveling in a blue Volkswagon Jetta with a burned out driver's side headlight.

Deputies said they observed Menas's vehicle traveling north on Husky Highway while sitting at the First Exchange Bank in Mannington, and activated their emergency lights and sirens to conduct a wellbeing check on the driver of the vehicle. According to deputies, Menas then refused to stop and increased her speed to 60 mph in a 25 mph zone. 

Menas continued to increase her speed as she passed the Calvary Baptist Church on Husky Highway, deputies said. Deputies then said they turned off the emergency lights and sirens due to the fact of Mena endangering the possible child inside the vehicle. Deputies continued to follow Menas, who did slow down, until reaching Wetzel County where the Hundred Police Department was waiting with their lights activated, deputies said.

According to court documents, deputies then reactivated their emergency lights and traveled approximately one mile into Wetzel County where Menas pulled over at a Dollar General. Deputies said that Menas was asked to exit her vehicle, to which she refused and become combative, before being removed and placed into custody. Menas's 3-year-old child was located in the back seat of the vehicle secured in a child safety seat. 

Deputies said they administered multiple field sobriety tests to Menas, which she failed. Additionally, deputies said Menas agreed to take a secondary chemical test, to which she was unable to provide a sufficient sample and was deemed a refusal. 

Upon search of Menas, deputies said they found a small amount of marijuana in her right front pocket. 

A search warrant for a blood sample from Menas was obtained and served at Fairmont Regional Hospital, deputies said.

Menas has been charged with child neglect with risk of injury and fleeing with DUI, according to court documents.


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