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Man in clown mask charged with drug possession in Belle

By Staff reports
Kevin Hancock

A man was arrested by State Police in Belle Thursday night after allegedly wearing a “scary” clown mask and jumping out and scaring motorists as they passed on Witcher Creek Road.

Kevin Hancock, 45, of Belle, was charged with wearing a mask, public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

A passerby alerted a trooper at an Exxon gas station of Hancock’s actions, prompting the trooper to drive up Witcher Creek Road, where he witnessed Hancock, still masked, “running around the roadway,” the complaint reads.

When the trooper turned on his emergency lights, Hancock removed his mask and stopped. According to the complaint, Hancock acted “extremely fidgety,” sitting and standing repeatedly and unable to focus on the trooper.

Hancock was “too impaired” to say why he was wearing the mask, only providing that “he was going to try and borrow some money,” the complaint states.

The trooper found crystal methamphetamine, oxycodone and marijuana on Hancock after a pat down.

Hancock was taken to South Central Regional Jail where he remained Friday on $5,000 bail.

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