What began as a routine traffic stop outside of Manchester ended with three arrests in West Union on Saturday, April 5.
Deven Chambers, 25, was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over on state Route 136 by Browns Hill Road. Chambers had a felony warrant for non-payment of child support and has a history of violence toward police. He exited the vehicle to run off into the woods in the direction of Cemetery Street. At this time, the officer deployed his K-9, Elko, and began tracking the suspect. Chambers continued through the woods until he reached a residential area, at which point he was picked up by a driver and taken to Eddy’s Apartments on Rice Drive in West Union.
After receiving information about Chambers’ location later that night, Manchester, Seaman, and West Union Village Police Departments and deputies from the Sheriff’s Department converged on the location. When officers knocked on the door to the apartment and identified themselves, the occupants refused to admit them. Officers stationed outside spotted Chambers attempting to jump from the second story window of the apartment, and shouted at him. He re-entered the apartment, and the officers forced their way in.
Chambers, Tessa Bayless, 23, Wendall Henderson, 18, and a male juvenile were arrested. A 2-year-old child was also present and has been taken in by Child Protective Services. Narcotics were found in the apartment and confiscated as evidence. The charges pending are child endangerment, obstruction of justice, corrupting another with drugs, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession, and permitting drug abuse.