Three involved in MUPD run-in indicted
HUNTINGTON — Three people accused of assaulting a Marshall University police officer during a traffic stop in May were indicted by a Cabell County grand jury in August.
Kaylon Dawn Spradling, Jordan William Mills and Raymond Randall Mills were indicted on charges of retaliation against a public official and fleeing without a vehicle. Spradling was also indicted on a charge of strangulation. Raymond Mills and Jordan Mills were indicted on charges of malicious assault on a law enforcement officer.
Three other people were involved in the traffic stop that occurred just after 1 a.m. May 28 in the 1800 block of 3rd Avenue in Huntington: Stephanie Provo (the driver of the vehicle), Steven Provo and Austin Mills. The officer initiated the traffic stop after he recorded the vehicle driving 49 mph in a 35-mph zone.
The responding officer conducted a field sobriety test on Stephanie Provo but was allegedly obstructed from doing so by Austin Mills being “belligerent.”
The criminal complaints state the responding officer allegedly asked Spradling and Steven Provo to leave the scene multiple times. Steven Provo allegedly approached the vehicle and reached into it, upon which the officer ordered him to stay out of the vehicle. The
officer attempted to approach Steven Provo but he fled, and the officer “stabilized” him on the ground.
At this point, according to the criminal complaint, Spradling allegedly began strangling the officer and Steven Provo, Raymond Mills and Jordan Mills began fighting the officer, along with Spradling.
Spradling, Steven Provo, Stephanie Provo, Raymond Mills and Jordan Mills fled the scene, the complaint stated. Spradling, Steven Provo and Raymond Mills were apprehended in the 1500 block of 4 1/2 alley. Jordan Mills was apprehended at 15th Street and 5th Avenue. Stephanie Provo was apprehended in the 1500 block of 3 1/2 alley.
A K-9 search of the vehicle allegedly yielded marijuana and paraphernalia where Austin Mills was sitting in the vehicle.
Stephanie Provo was charged with a first-offense DUI with a reported BAC of 0.151 and misdemeanors for fleeing, absence of a motor vehicle inspection sticker, vehicle not registered to an individual and no proof of insurance.
Steven Provo was initially charged with misdemeanor battery and fleeing, but his charges were later upgraded to second-offense battery on a government official after it was discovered he had a previous conviction for battery on a government official from September 2017.
Austin Mills was charged with misdemeanors of possession, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.
Raymond Mills, Jordan Mills and Spradling are housed at Western Regional Jail. Spradling is being held on a $60,000 bond. Raymond Mills is being held on a $30,000 cash-only bond. Jordan Mills is being held on a $30,000 cash-only bond and a $10,000 surety bond.
An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or innocence.
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