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LOW GAP — A Danville woman was arrested and charged with multiple offenses after police say she refused verbal commands from law enforcement and threatened to “run over” one officer at the scene.

Carrie Elizabeth Clay, 41, was charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, reckless driving, obstructing an officer, assault on police officer and battery on police officer in relation to an incident that happened on Oct. 19 in the Low Gap area of Boone County.

According to an incident report prepared by West Virginia State Trooper MR Miller, he and Trooper RL Johnson accompanied Child Protective Services to a residence on Shady Lane where they were removing two juveniles from the residence.

According to the report, the officers observed a blue-colored SUV sitting on a hill with the two juveniles in it. The complaint states that the troopers observed the vehicle operating in a reckless manner as it traveled back up the hill “to avoid law enforcement.”

Clay, the mother of the juveniles, was identified as the driver, according to the report. The troopers made contact with her, but she ignored their commands to exit the vehicle, the complaint states.

The report states that Clay continued to act “in a belligerent manner” and then Trooper Johnson made an attempt to enter the vehicle on the passenger side in an attempt to unlock it with the window down, and the report states that Clay rolled the window up, trapping the officer’s hand between the window and the door. The report claims that the Trooper gained access to the vehicle and removed the juveniles from the car.

The two juveniles were placed with CPS workers and Clay was placed into custody and processed at the West Virginia State Police detachment in Madison.

As of print time, Clay was not held at Southwestern Regional Jail and bond information was not available.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.