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Missouri Man Stopped on Way to White House Charged in Preston Co. Court


A Missouri man who was arrested Wednesday on his way to the White House and Pentagon has been identified through a criminal complaint. The traffic stop shut down Interstate 68 in Preston County for hours.

A criminal complaint filed with the Preston County Magistrate Court states that 42-year-old Eric Charron of Kansas City, Missouri was traveling at 130 miles per hour before being stopped by Trooper First Class D.W. Satterfield of the West Virginia State Police.

During the traffic stop, Charron told Satterfield he was running late to a dinner with President Trump and also would be meeting Army officials at the Pentagon.

According to the complaint, Charron admitted to possessing a 9mm handgun. Asked whether he had explosives he stated “not a whole lot.”

Satterfield searched the vehicle and discovered a 9mm handgun, around 300 rounds of ammunition and an unknown amount of gunpowder. Also located were manuscripts written by Charron on subjects related to time travel, levitating watercraft and mythical creatures such as the “Chupacabra.”

Later, Charron told Satterfield he received his invitation to the White House through “special hearing.” He also admitted to using methamphetamine regularly for approximately two years.

Charron was arrested and charged with reckless driving and unlawfully possessing a firearm. He is currently being held, in lieu of $10,000 bond, at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail and Correctional Facility.