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Harpers Ferry man arrested on charges

By Staff | Oct 21, 2010

SUMMIT POINT – A Harpers Ferry man was arrested in Summit Point Monday night and charged with multiple misdemeanors.

Paul Lewis Ashbaugh, 64, was arrested by Cpl. D.C. Tabler with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and charged with battery on an officer, obstructing an officer, resisting arrest and speeding, according to police reports.

Tabler stopped Ashbaugh for allegedly driving 46 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone. While Tabler was writing Ashbaugh’s citation, Ashbaugh allegedly started walking north on Summit Point Road before the officer ordered Ashbaugh back to his cruiser.

Ashbaugh tried to get into his car and Tabler pushed the door closed, at which point Ashbaugh allegedly pushed Tabler and jumped into his car, police said.

Tabler removed Ashbaugh from the car and pulled him behind the vehicle to get off the road. Ashbaugh resisted, and Tabler drew his Taser and instructed Ashbaugh that he would use it if he did not comply, according to police.

Ashbaugh complied and was taken into custody at 5 p.m., police said. He was transported to the Sheriff’s Department for processing at 5:35 p.m. and then taken to the Eastern Regional Jail. Ashbaugh was arraigned Tuesday and released on a $5,000 bond the same day.

– From staff and wire reports