Date: January 1, 2013
Re: New Year’s Eve Calls
Reference #: 13-PR-0001
Parkersburg police officers investigated seven (7) vehicle crashes yesterday between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., and were also very busy overnight answering approximately 162 calls for service between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. In spite of reported heavy traffic at local bars and clubs, officers only responded to one fight call which was at a bar on Emerson Avenue. One person was arrested for DUI, bringing the department’s final DUI arrest number for 2012 to 191.
Last night around 7:00 p.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of Broadway Avenue in reference to a disorderly man possibly trying to set his truck on fire. Officer B.J. Depue made contact with Gary Paul Ferrell noting him to be in acting frantically. Ferrell told Officer Depue he was having a heart attack with an ambulance immediately being summoned to the scene. Ferrell allegedly became aggressive with paramedics and began to shout profanities at both medical personnel and officers, jumping out of the ambulance and attempting to leave the scene. Officer Depue advised Ferrell he was under arrest for disorderly conduct, with Ferrell allegedly refusing to submit to handcuffing and attempting to pull away. Officer Depue forcibly handcuffed Ferrell and he was transported to headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, Ferrell allegedly continued to scream profanities at officers and refused to be fingerprinted. Ferrell was transported to CCMC for medical clearance then placed in the Wood County Holding Center to await further processing attempts and arraignment. Ferrell has been charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer at this point.
Gary Paul Ferrell
Listed Address: PO Box 23, Big Springs, WV
Photo Attached: Courtesy of the Wood County Holding Center
Last night at approximately 9:00 p.m., Officer C.E. Morehead stopped a 2007 GMC truck in the 800 block of Seventh Street after allegedly observing it run a red light at the intersection of East and Seventh Streets, and go left of center on Seventh Street. Upon speaking to the driver Nicholas Proscia, Officer Morehead allegedly noted a strong smell of alcohol about Proscia’s person, in addition to bloodshot eyes. Proscia allegedly admitted to drinking, and was allegedly further observed being unsteady while exiting his vehicle. Proscia allegedly failed a series of field sobriety tests, and was taken into custody for DUI and transported to headquarters for processing. Proscia cooperated with officers at headquarters, allegedly testing a .093 on the Intoximeter. A computer check of Proscia revealed he had a previous DUI conviction in Wood County on 4-12-08. Proscia was charged with second offense DUI and taken to Wood County Magistrate Court for arraignment. No arraignment information available at time of this release.
Nicholas A. Proscia
Listed Address: 1440 Roddy Road, Vincent, Ohio
*Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
We thank all those that celebrated responsibly last night. We appreciate the good work our officers have done keeping our community safe, and are very thankful they were able to make it home safe themselves. We are keeping the West Virginia State Trooper injured in St. Albans yesterday in our thoughts and prayers.