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BLOOMINGROSE — An Ashford-area man faces multiple charges after police say he led them on a chase on Jan. 3 after a routine traffic stop on Route 3 in Bloomingrose.

Justin Ryan Barker, 29, was charged with battery on officer, fleeing other than vehicle, driving suspended, improper registration, defective equipment and expired motor vehicle inspection, according to a criminal complaint prepared by West Virginia State Trooper AR Workman.

The report states that Workman performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle driven by the accused after noticing a loud exhaust and an expired motor vehicle inspection sticker.

Upon pulling the vehicle over, the report states, as the trooper approached the vehicle, the accused leaned his head and arm out of the window while “accelerating in an aggressive manner” and “stuck his middle finger out the window” while slinging gravel on the officer.

The complaint states that the officer got back into his vehicle and pursued the accused’s vehicle to the Bloomingrose Baptist Church, where the accused exited his vehicle and fled on foot into the woods. The trooper chased him on foot until losing sight of him in the wooded area, the report states.

According to the complaint, the passenger in the vehicle advised the officer that the driver of the vehicle who fled was Justin Ryan Barker and she further advised that she had known him for several years.

Upon further research, the trooper found that Barker’s license was suspended for unpaid citations and through a motor vehicle record identified Barker through his drivers license photo, according to the report.

According to the Boone County Magistrate’s Office, Barker was arrested and met bond on Jan. 15.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry @hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.