In an exclusive interview with 13 News, Glasgow, West Virginia Mayor, Wayne Armstrong has announced his resignation, “effective immediately”.
Armstrong cited personal health issues and his elderly parent’s deteriorating health as one of the reasons for the resignation. He told 13 News reporter Jessie Shafer that the arrest of his daughter, Kathlen “Katie” Elaine Armstrong, following a pursuit on March 20, played a part in his decision, as well.
The arrest, he said, was “the straw the broke the camel’s back”.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Armstrong was driving a white Jeep Cherokee along Kelly’s Creek Road just before noon on Tuesday.
Sgt. D.S. Fry and Cpl. P.A. Jones, with the West Virginia State Police, noticed that the Jeep’s inspection sticker was expired, so they attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
The troopers ran Armstrong’s license plate through the West Virginia State Police system, and the license plate returned to a Buick, the complaint states.
The troopers followed the vehicle with their lights and sirens activated, and Armstrong “began to accelerate and drive erratically”.
Troopers said Armstrong then passed through the red light at the intersection of Route 60 and Kelly’s Creek Road, turning east bound and then passed several vehicles in a no passing zone.
Those documents go to on state the Armstrong turned onto 1st Street in Glasgow, nearly striking a block wall. While attempting to reverse off the wall, she nearly struck the trooper’s cruiser, they said.
The vehicle came to a stop along 1st Street and 3rd Avenue in Glasgow, where the troopers were able to detain Armstrong.
Troopers then detected the odor of marijuana. They located a small amount of marijuana in Armstrong’s sweatshirt pocket and a “bowl” used to smoke it. They then located approximately two grams of marijuana in a small glass container in the center console of her vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
Armstrong is charged with fleeing, expired motor vehicle insurance, improper registration, simple possession, passing in a no passing zone and failure to stop at a red light.
Mayor Armstrong said he arrived at Kanawha County Magistrate Court Tuesday afternoon and posted his daughter’s bond when she was brought into court.
I asked Mayor Armstrong to comment on the actions of his daughter- I specifically asked about her role in potentially endangering the lives of his own constituents during the pursuit.
The mayor originally agreed to an on-camera interview Wednesday to “explain that his daughter is responsible for her own actions”, but shortly afterward declined to the interview in a phone call.
During that same phone call, he stated that he planned to announce his resignation during Monday’s Glasgow Town Council meeting, but because of his daughter’s arrest and the declining health of his elderly parents, he is no longer able to serve.
He said he had no further comment at this time.
Glasgow’s Chief of Police, D. Settle did speak to our cameras. “Well, I’m shocked,” he said.
“I wasn’t prepared for it. I have no idea why.”
Settle said he was not made aware of the Wednesday decision. “He called and told me and then told me to give you a call. That’s all I know about the situation,” Settle said. “I just want the people of this town to know that we’re here and we’ll stay here until we’re directed otherwise. We’re not going to let this department go away.”
Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story.