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April 18, 2013

Elk Garden man arrested for drunken driving after police pursuit through Keyser

Chase ended with crash on Green Mountain Road

KEYSER, W.Va. — An Elk Garden man was jailed on numerous charges Thursday after he led Keyser Police and Mineral County deputies on a chase that ended when he wrecked his vehicle on Green Mountain Road.

Keyser Police and deputies took David W. Tasker, 43, into custody at the scene although he allegedly became combative. Tasker was not injured in the 1:31 a.m. crash.  

Tasker was charged with fleeing while driving under the influence; driving DUI third offense felony; obstructing an officer; battery of a police officer; and numerous traffic counts, including fleeing while under the influence and operating a vehicle while suspended or revoked.

Tasker was jailed on $10,000 bond late Thursday morning at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta.

The registration of Tasker’s vehicle was being investigated by the sheriff’s department along with the crash that ended with Tasker’s arrest. A passenger in the vehicle was questioned by police and released without being charged.

Keyser Police encountered Tasker on the Memorial Bridge as he drove along U.S. Route 220 from Maryland into Mineral County. He failed to stop for officers on U.S. 220 at the McDonald’s restaurant parking lot at Reynolds Terrace.

Police said Tasker drove erratically on numerous West Side streets off U.S. 220 before driving to Parkview Drive and eventually to Green Mountain Road. Police employed stop sticks at various locations but Tasker avoided those streets. He reportedly continued to drive erratically before he lost control of his Chevrolet Monte Carlo next to the Potomac State College farm.

A Keyser Police official said court records showed Tasker has six prior convictions in West Virginia for driving suspended or revoked while DUI. The offenses reportedly occurred in 2005, 2006, three times in 2007 and in 2011.

Keyser fire and EMS units also responded to the crash scene upon alert by the Mineral County 911 center.

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