Washington County deputies arrested Daisy Bohannan and Anthony Stobaugh after catching up with them following a fuel spill early Tuesday.
Traffic lanes reopened Tuesday morning on Highway 16 east of Elkins after hazmat crews cleaned diesel fuel off the road from a spill that happened when a truck pulling a stolen trailer with a tank of diesel fuel overturned.
Deputies said a trailer carrying the tank was stolen from Terra Renewal Services in nearby Durham.
An employee from there saw people driving off with a trailer hooked to a truck.
“I take it was coming into work and noticed their utility trailer with a 300 gallon fuel tank on it was being towed away by a vehicle he didn`t recognize,” said Lt. Scott Young, Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Young said a few miles down the road on Highway 16 the trailer came off.
“The trailer hitch broke, the deputy that was out there says the ball broke off the trailer hitch.”
The diesel fuel spill required hours of work from the Elkins Fire Department and the Fayetteville Hazmat team.
Traffic was routed into one lane.
“I know they were out there for almost four hours, it took some time to get a contractor there to clean it up and overseeing that operation,” said Capt. Trent North, Fayetteville Hazmat Team.
Bohannan and Stobaugh face theft of property, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing charges.