Father Charged with Driving Drunk with Child

By: Anna Baxter, John Green Email
By: Anna Baxter, John Green Email
Kanawha County Sheriff

(WSAZ Photo / John Green)

UPDATE 4/28/14 @ 9:15 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say a quick response by deputies prevented a potentially dangerous outcome.

Deputies say they were responding to a call where a woman reported she had been beaten by her husband, James Belcher, 41, at their home on Ballard Road. While enroute, deputies say Belcher left the home and took their two-year-old daughter.

While responding to the scene, deputies saw Belcher driving at a high rate of speed in a blue mini-van. Deputies turned around and found the van abandoned about two miles from the victim's house.

Deputies say just a few minutes later someone called 911 and helped them quickly locate Belcher, along with his daughter in a wooded area.

The child was not hurt.

The victim was treated for minor cuts at her home and then taken to pick up her child.

Belcher is charged with DUI with a Minor in the Vehicle and Domestic Battery. He was arraigned on the charges in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is facing criminal charges after a domestic dispute in Kanawha County.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com deputies were responding early Monday morning to a domestic dispute near Childress Road when they saw a blue van traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputies say they turned around and followed the van until the driver, James Belcher pulled over and tried to run in the woods with his little girl.

Deputies were able to stop him. This all happened just before 7 a.m. Monday.

Belcher was taken into custody and now facing domestic battery charges, according to deputies.

Belcher's child was not hurt. Deputies say the child's mother came to the scene and was reunited with her child.

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