Braley faces multiple charges
by Ron Gregory
Ripley — A former Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff and recent Republican candidate for Sheriff of Jackson County was being held at the South Central Regional Jail on $10,000 bond this morning.
A criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court charged Christopher Noel Braley, 52, with various misdemeanors after he allegedly nearly hit juveniles with his truck late Tuesday in the vicinity.of Cedar Lakes. The arresting officer was Deputy C.R. Saltsgaver.
Braley was arraigned by video in Magistrate Laura Pursley’s court.
Among allegations against him are Driving Under the Influence, battery on a police officer, having a loaded, uncased rifle in his vehicle and impersonating a police officer.
Braley, who.operates numerous businesses in the Given/Kenna area, was defeated by Democrat Deputy Ross Mellinger in the November 3 general election.
It was a rancorous election campaign with Braley alleging he was the victim of false accusations throughout. His supporters quickly took to social media today to allege that the charges in yesterday’s case were fabricated. At least five law enforcement officers were involved in the investigation.
The sheriff’s office said some juveniles reported they were walking when a truck ran off the road and nearly struck them. They told deputies they.felt that the driver was trying to hit them and they had to jump out of the way.
The juveniles followed the vehicle and confronted the driver at the Rolling Meadows Apartment Complex, the complaint says They said he became aggressive, got in their face, tried to grab the buttocks of one of the girls and grabbed her hip and thigh. When they told him they were going to call the police, the girls reported he told them “he was a cop and a sheriff.”
Officers said when they arrived, Braley appeared to be intoxicated and told them he had a gun in the vehicle. They said when he did not leave the vehicle, officers escorted him out. Deputies said the suspect then took an aggressive stance and was taken to the ground after he grabbed an officer’s arm.
Braley told one of those involved that when a license check was run on the truck he was driving that it would come back registered to the sheriff’s department.