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Police Say Fugitive, Woman Arrested During Traffic Stop

Reported by: Send eMail Kaylin Searles
Reported: Jul. 15, 2014 11:06 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 15, 2014 11:20 AM EDT
St. Albans Police Department Photos
St. Albans Police Department Photos

St. Albans , Kanawha County , West Virginia

St. Albans police said they arrested a fugitive and a woman on an unrelated charge after making a traffic stop.

Rusty Martin, 34, of Cross Lanes and Erin Bays, 31, of Charleston were arrested Sunday during a traffic stop in Nitro, according to a news release from the St. Albans Police Department. Police said they received a tip from the Metro Drug Unit that Martin was possibly in a vehicle traveling down Goff Mountain Road.

Police said Martin was wanted for failing to appear in circuit court for a disposition hearing, stemming from a 2013 break-in at a residence in St. Albans where he stole jewelry and fled the scene. Martin was arrested and pleaded guilty to the charges, but he never appeared for sentencing in front of a judge. Martin was taken to the South Regional Jail immediately after the arrest.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, Bays, failed to give them her real name, and they discovered that she had several syringes.

Bays is charged with obstructing and possession of a controlled substance and was taken to Kanawha Magistrate Court and arraigned.



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