Childress arraigned on felony charges following arrest at Taco Bell
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POMEROY — The man accused of waiving a gun at officers following a traffic stop on Feb. 1 was arraigned Thursday on three counts in Meigs County Common Pleas Court.
Travis H. Childress, 30, of Middleport, is charged with one count each of third-degree intimidation and fourth-degree carrying a concealed weapon — both felonies — and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a weapon while intoxicated.
The charges are the result of an incident that occurred in the Taco Bell parking lot on West Main Street in Pomeroy on Feb. 1.
According to a report provided to The Daily Sentinel by the Pomeroy Police Department, Patrolman Michael Hupp stopped a vehicle driven by James Eakins. The initial stop was made for an unsecured front license plate. Eakins had an active warrant through the Pomeroy Police Department, according to the report. He was placed under arrest and placed in Hupp’s cruiser.
Hupp then approached the vehicle to obtain information from the three other occupants.
Open alcohol beverage bottles and the odor of alcohol was observed on the passenger side of the vehicle. All three occupants was asked to get out of the vehicle.
While conducting a search, Childress allegedly said he had a gun and pulled it from his waist band, pointing it toward Hupp.
Hupp then called for backup and was assisted by Chief Mark Proffitt, fellow officers from the Pomeroy Police Department, Middleport Police Department and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Adam Smith, Sgt. Donald Mohler and Deputy Jim Stacy from the sheriff’s office took control communicating with Childress, who on more than one occasion asked for someone to shoot him. After about 20 minutes of talking with Childress, the three officers were able to approach Childress and secure the gun.
The .45 caliber handgun was loaded with one round, with six additional rounds in the magazine. Childress was also in possession of a large pocket knife and pills. Marijuana and three open alcoholic beverage containers were found in the vehicle.
Childress was taken into custody. The two female passengers were released and not charged. No one was injured during the incident.
Eakins was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and possession of marijuana. He was released until a court appearance at a later date. A court date for Eakins is not listed on the Meigs County Court website.
During Thursday’s hearing, Judge I. Carson Crow determined that Childress was not indigent and therefore did not qualify for court appointed council. Childress has the option to file an affidavit with the public defender’s office to have that decision reconsidered.
Bond for Childress was continued at $10,000, with 10 percent cash permitted, as previously set in Meigs County Court.
The indictment was filed Feb. 13 with the Clerk of Courts office.
Childress was originally charged in county court with aggravated menacing, a felony of the fifth degree, and first degree misdemeanor charges of carrying concealed weapons, using weapons while intoxicated and possession.
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