Heroin bust follows wreck

WILLIAMSTOWN -What began as a wrecked vehicle escalated into a domestic situation Tuesday morning that ended with an arrest and recovery of five doses of heroin in Williamstown, officials said.

Gregory Patrick Matthews, 29, of Lynn Court, Williamstown, was arrested on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to deliver on Tuesday, said Chief Deputy Shawn Graham with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Wood County sheriff’s deputies received a call from Rebecca Rutledge, age unknown, of Williamstown at about 10 a.m., reporting verbal threats and a wrecked vehicle on Tuesday from the BP gas station at the intersection of West Virginia 31 and Wood County 2, said Graham.

Rutledge told deputies that her boyfriend, Matthews, had taken and wrecked her vehicle, a Chevrolet HHR, the evening before, Graham said. She reported that Matthews had been making threatening phone calls to her at work throughout the day as well, Graham said.

Deputies spoke with Rutledge, who took them to her residence in Williamstown, Graham said. Rutledge provided them with a key for access to her home, Graham said. The deputies identified themselves and entered the residence, Graham said.

They discovered Matthews in the kitchen of the home, Graham said. Matthews was questioned and allegedly admitted to taking Rutledge’s vehicle and to wrecking it into a guardrail the evening before, Graham said.

The HHR had damage consistent with a guardrail impact on the passenger’s side, Graham said.

Matthews allegedly dropped a multi-colored glass marijuana pipe on his way out of the front door, Graham said.

Upon Matthews being searched, deputies allegedly found a syringe in Matthews’ front pocket, Graham said.

When the home was searched, deputies discovered five packages of single-dose heroin on the counter in the kitchen, as well as empty syringes and empty single-dose heroin packages, Graham said.

Matthews stated that all the drugs and paraphernalia in the home belonged to him and that Rutledge had nothing to do with any of it, Graham said.

Upon checking with the National Crime Information Center, deputies discovered that Matthews was wanted in Allegheny County, Pa., Graham said. Allegheny County chose not to extradite Matthews at this time, Graham said.

Matthews was arrested for possession of heroin with the intent to deliver and was arraigned at magistrate court Tuesday evening, Graham said.

He failed to post an $80,000 bond and was confined to North Central Regional Jail to await trial, Graham said.