TAYLOR COUNTY—One individual found himself behind bars after a road rage incident last week.
According to Sheriff Terry A. Austin, Matthew William Devericks, 29, of Grafton, is being charged with felonious wanton endangerment involving a firearm for his alleged actions during the incident.
Devericks was further charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, after the vehicle he was driving was searched.
Austin reported that on Thursday, two citizens called the Harrison-Taylor 911 dispatch to report two vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed on Knottsville Road, near Beaulahland Assisted Living.
The individuals told dispatchers that one of the vehicles rammed the other from behind and then proceeded to pass the automobile.
“A shot was then fired from the Chevy S10 truck, that we later learned was being driven by Mr. Devericks,” Austin noted. “The shot was fired at the other vehicle that had been involved in the incident.”
The driver of the truck reportedly turned around and headed back to the Knottsville intersection, and then proceeded to make a left turn onto Shoemaker Ridge Road.
“Meanwhile, the driver of the other vehicle turned onto Glade Run Road and then onto Shoemaker Ridge Road, back to his residence, where he retrieved another vehicle and a rifle,” Austin reported.
The driver of the second vehicle then met up with a friend at the Tygart Lake Golf Course. While there, a deputy arrived and initiated his blue lights. The driver fled the lot and traveled for approximately one mile before losing control of the vehicle and wrecking.
“He then left on foot, but was apprehended by the officers from the department, who found him hiding in his residence,” Austin disclosed. “After obtaining his statement and the information on the other vehicle and driver involved, officers from the sheriff’s department, as well as the West Virginia State Police went on a hunt for the suspect and the vehicle.”
According to Sheriff Austin, the search led them to the Simpson and Flemington areas of Taylor County. While searching that area, the officers spotted the vehicle reported to be involved in the road rage incident.
Officers forced the vehicle off of the roadway, and Devericks was apprehended by law enforcement. He was placed under arrest and the vehicle was towed and impounded until search warrants were obtained.
Following a search of the truck, officers recovered approximately 11.5 grams of Methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia used in the distribution of controlled substances, along with other drug-related items.
Devericks was taken transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he is currently being held on a $75,000 cash or surety bond on the wanton endangerment charge, as well as a $25,000 bond for his possession charge.
The incident is still under investigation through the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, and Sheriff Austin shared that there are possible charges pending in the matter.