LOGAN, W.Va. — A man was recently arraigned on DUI charges after he allegedly caused a car crash in the Holden area of Logan County.
Trooper T.J. Hannon, with the West Virginia State Police reports he responded to a dispatch for a two vehicle car crash on county route 18 November 10.
The accident reportedly involved a sedan and an SUV.
When he arrived on scene, Hannon notes the sedan was in the opposite lane and its driver was still in the car.
Hannon reports the driver, Dennis Chafin, 56, of Mt. Gay, W.Va., exhibited slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and appeared to be high intoxicated.
Chafin allegedly stated he had consumed around six beers, smoked marijuana and snorted a pain pill before getting behind the wheel of the sedan.
Logan EMS transported Chafin to Logan Regional Medical Center and he was unable to complete field sobriety tests.
However, Chafin did submit to a blood draw.
Hannon notes he was able to make contact with the driver of the SUV who noted their entire family was in the car when Chafin crossed the center line and collided with their vehicle head-on.
All of the occupants of the SUV reportedly sustained minor injuries.
A review of Chafin’s driving record reportedly showed his driver’s license had been suspended in October 2016.
Chafin is charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI causing injury, driving with a revoked operators and driving left of center.
Chafin’s bond was set to $7,500 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]