From Staff Reports
KEYSER – Keyser City Police made two arrests in the space of an hour late Thursday night, including a Keyser man charged with attempted cocaine distribution and a Kingwood man charged with DUI and carrying two loaded handguns in his car.
The first incident occurred at 10:53 p.m. when officers conducted a traffic stop on South Main Street near Fort Avenue, after observing a vehicle that was weaving on the one-way street.
Working with assistance from the Mineral County Sheriff's Department, officers had begun to remove the driver and front-seat passenger from the vehicle when they observed two handguns on the passenger-side floorboard.
At that point, police said, officers went into "felony arrest mode," removing both the driver and the front-seat passenger as well as a third occupant in the back seat, handcuffing them and placing them in police cruisers. A full search of the vehicle was then conducted with assistance from the K-9 unit at Potomac State College.
Both weapons were found to be loaded: A 9 mm handgun and a .45 caliber handgun. In addition, a frisk of the driver found that he was carrying an additional loaded clip for the .45.
Police said the driver had originally indicated that there were no weapons in the vehicle when officers first made contact. However, police said, the driver later acknowledged that the guns belonged to him and said that he was trying to sell them.
It is illegal in West Virginia to carry loaded firearms in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle.
Charged with two counts of carrying a loaded weapon in a car was the driver, Julian A. Cullum, 20, of Kingwood. Cullum was also charged with DUI Under 21 Years Old for having a Blood Alcohol Content of .062. While the legal DUI limit for drivers over 21 is .08 BAC, drivers under 21 can be charged with DUI for a BAC of .02 to .07.
In addition, Cullum was charged with driving without insurance.
He was being held Friday at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on $1,850 bail.
The other two occupants in the car, including a 24-year-old from Alexandria, Va. and a 26-year-old from Kingwood, were not charged.
Police said officers were unable to determine why Cullum and the other two men were in Keyser, or why they were carrying loaded handguns. None of the three are enrolled at Potomac State College, police said.
The investigation is ongoing.
The second incident occurred at 11:43 p.m. when officers were called to the Keyser House apartment building on North Main Street for a report of a fight on the upper floor involving several individuals.
During their investigation, officers searched one of the people involved in the altercation – Bradley J. Faulk, 31, of Keyser – and found that he was carrying 11 individually wrapped chunks of a white substance determined to be cocaine. Faulk was subsequently charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was transported to the regional jail and was being held Friday as a pre-trial felon on $2,500 bail.
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