Three Arrested After Altercation with Officer at Woodsdale Traffic Stop

Adam Bennett

WHEELING — Three Ohio County residents were arrested Friday night after a traffic stop in Woodsdale turned into a physical altercation.

Wheeling Police Department officers patrolling the National Road area shortly before midnight made a traffic stop on Elm Street, for a vehicle not having its headlights turned on.

The driver of the vehicle, Adam Bennett, allegedly continually disobeyed officers’ orders and attempted multiple times to exit the vehicle. Bennett eventually got out of the vehicle and “became physically and verbally aggressive” toward an officer, according to a press release from the department.

Then, two other individuals who had been in separate vehicle approached the officer, and Bennett “started to become physically involved in the situation,” according to police. The individuals were Melinda Giustiniani, 43, of Triadelphia, and Justin Allen, 19, of Wheeling.

Police were able to get Bennett, 40, of Triadelphia, under control and a second officer detained the two others.

Bennett was charged with driving while revoked for DUI, DUI first offense, battery on an officer and obstructing.

In addition, Giustiniani was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer, and Allen was charged with assault on an officer.

All three were taken to the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville.

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