Two men arrested by Mason Police Department
Two men were arrested Wednesday evening in separate incidents by the Mason Police Department.
The first occurred around 7 p.m. while Sgt. Colton McKinney was working a Highway Safety Grant patrol.
Jason James Higginbotham, 40, of Eleanor, was charged with felony possession with the intent to deliver. According to the police report, Sgt. McKinney stopped Higginbotham after he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign. Also on the scene were Mason Officer Sierra Carmichael and Officer Kendall Roush.
McKinney called for the Mason County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit, and Deputy Justin Veith, along with K-9 Deputy Jerry, reportedly found two separate bags containing suspected methamphetamine, with the street name “ice.” Higginbotham was transported to the Western Regional Jail. He was set to appear before Magistrate Gail Roush.
Later Wednesday, at around 11:30 p.m., a Virginia man was arrested on several counts.
Joshua Michael Seth McCarty of Norfolk was charged with DUI, possession of a controlled substance, obstructing an officer, and assault on an officer.
According to the police report, Mason Officer Sierra Carmichael responded to a call from the Pomeroy Police Department of a vehicle driving recklessly and almost hitting another vehicle. The Pomeroy officers had the vehicle stopped at the West Virginia end of the Mason-Pomeroy bridge when Carmichael arrived. Also at the scene was Police Chief Rich Gilkey.
The officers allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, as well as alcohol on McCarty’s breath. When asked to step out of the vehicle, McCarty reportedly refused and locked the door. Officers unlocked the vehicle through the window and removed McCarty from it, at which time he attempted to strike one of the officers.
Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy James Lee arrived to conduct a sobriety test, after which McCarty was arrested for DUI. An inventory of his vehicle, prior to it being towed, included a small amount of marijuana, two pipes, scales and a grinder.
McCarty was transported to Western Regional Jail. He was scheduled to appear before Magistrate Gail Roush.