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Man files formal complaint with Logan County Sheriff's Office over treatment by deputies during arrest



WVOW News


MOUNT GAY A Logan man has filed an official complaint concerning the circumstances surrounding his arrest on a slew of charges including obstruction, strangulation, assault and battery on an officer.


Logan County Deputies responded to a call in Mount Gay area on Thursday, June sixth. According to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court, 48-year-old Ernest James Vance, of Mount Gay, was involved in a physical altercation with his brother in the roadway of Heartstrings Avenue. Deputies report they found the brother down on the ground and along the roadside.


According to the complaint, deputies initially obtained information of someone possessing a firearm at the scene. Deputy C.L. Carter wrote in the complaint that Vance was advised to come off the porch of his residence and accompany the deputies to a patrol vehicle.


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According to the complaint, deputies initially obtained information of someone possessing a firearm at the scene. Deputy C.L. Carter wrote in the complaint that Ernest was advised to come off the porch of his residence and accompany the deputies to a patrol vehicle.


According to the complaint, Ernest left the porch but would not go any further. Deputies attempted to physically detain Ernest once several commands were refused and Ernest became combative.


A video posted to social media by Vance’s son Hunter only captures a few seconds of the scuffle between four deputies and Vance. According to the complaint, numerous strikes and a taser were unsuccessful in taking down Vance.


The complaint states Vance, once handcuffed, spat on one of the deputies and attempted to kick him. Once finally in the vehicle, Vance became combative yet again, hitting the window with his head and kicking an officer in the passenger seat that allegedly contributed to the patrol car running off the road and nearly causing a crash.


Vance was taken to Logan Regional Medical Center for treatment where his brother said Vance injured him by striking him with a bicycle.


Deputies also report that Vance said he attempted to strangle his brother.

Vance was taken to southwestern regional jail and has since been released after posting $15,000 surety bond.


On Monday, Logan County Sheriff PD Clemens confirmed to WVOW News that Vance filed an official complaint stemming from his treatment during the arrest.


“I’ve assigned the complaint to an officer to do an internal affairs investigation,” Clemens told WVOW. “I’ve not taken any action on anything until I get that report back. At that time I’ll decide what, if any, disciplinary action I’m going to take.”


Ernest James Vance is charged with five counts of battery on an officer, four counts of assault of an officer, strangulation, seven counts of obstructing and domestic battery.


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VIDEO | Hunter Vance FB page


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