Two Arrested after "Suspicious Car" Reported Outside Church

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A report of suspicious activity outside a church resulted in the arrest of two people.

Steven Blankenship, 27, and Jessica Lusk, 35, are now facing meth and indecent exposure charges. Blankenship also faces one count of fleeing from an officer.

Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler says deputies got a call about 12:45 p.m. Sunday from a parishioner of Glen Jean Union Church -- stating a suspicious vehicle was parked in a wooded area near the church.

When deputies arrived, they found the two engaged in sexual intercourse and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

Inside the car, deputies found a backpack full of equipment and chemicals necessary to make meth.

When the meth lab was discovered, deputies say Blankenship took off running into the woods, but was quickly caught and arrested.

"With all of the remote and unpopulated areas throughout Raleigh and Fayette Counties, I have no idea why these two individuals felt the need to park next to a church to engage in their illicit conduct," Sheriff Kessler said. "Their poor choice of location resulted in their arrest for a very serious offense."

Blankenship and Lusk were both taken to the Southern Regional Jail.

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