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Princeton Police respond to motor vehicle crash

Bryan Lucas and Tamara Payne
Bryan Lucas and Tamara Payne(Princeton Police Department)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 12:11 PM EST
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PRINCETON, W.Va. (WVVA) - The Princeton Police Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash early Friday morning in the area of Mercer Street and Dick Copeland Town Square Park.

Once they arrived, officers found extensive damage done to the park as well as a fluid trail from the vehicle that fled the scene. The officers were able to follow this trail to find the vehicle located on the sidewalk near the intersection of Mercer Street and North 5th Street.

Once located, the officers were able to speak with the driver involved, Bryan Lucas. While speaking with Lucas, the officers became aware that he smelled of alcohol and Lucas soon became uncooperative.

While the officers were placing Lucas under arrest, another car pulled up to the scene and a woman exited the drivers seat and began yelling at officers with slurred speech. The woman identified herself ans Lucas’ sister, Tamara Payne.

Payne was ordered to wait by her vehicle but refused, this led to the officers also arresting her as well.

Along with DUI, Mr. Lucas was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and felon in possession of a firearm.

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