Man charged with DUI, fleeing after weekend pursuit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- A man has been charged after leading police on a pursuit through Morgantown on Saturday.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer tried to pull over a car driven by Maurice Everett on Beechurst Avenue due to traffic violations.

Police say Everett continued driving and went over the yellow lines and into oncoming traffic to avoid a line of vehicles at a stoplight. He then went into a turning lane speeding to around 88 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone.

According to the complaint, Everett continued onto Monongahela Boulevard, going around 99 mph in a 45 mph zone. He then turned onto Patteson Drive, knocking over a street sign, before turning onto Laurel then Elmhurst Street.

Officials say Everett then turned onto Elmhurst Street where he stopped, got out of the vehicle and ran through a yard. They say he was apprehended when trying to scale a large fence.

According to the complaint, Everett told police that he had previously had his license revoked for driving under the influence. When asked why he fled, Everett told the officer that he had taken a few shots of alcohol before driving and did not want to get arrested.

Officials say Everett seemed intoxicated. He agreed to one field sobriety test, which was failed.

Everett is charged with DUI 3rd offense and fleeing.