Two troopers with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) reportedly witnessed an accident July 26 at the intersection in front of Fountain Place Mall in Logan that resulted in an arrest of a driver on charges of driving under the influence (DUI).
Trooper Z.S. Holden and Senior Trooper M.A. Broadwater, both with the WVSP, report they were stopped at traffic light on U.S. route 119 in front of Fountain Place Mall when they witnessed a southbound vehicle cross the concrete median and crash into another vehicle.
Upon approaching the accident, Holden reports he was able to identify the driver of the southbound vehicle as Charles Hadden Jarrell, 60, of Chapmanville. Holden and Broadwater further report they could detect the smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle and that Jarrell exhibited bloodshot eyes and slurred speech and had trouble balancing himself.
Jarrell allegedly proceeded to fail each test in the standard set of field sobriety tests before a preliminary breath test conducted by Holden yielded a result of a blood alcohol level of .165 — over twice the legal limit.
Upon the search of Jarrell’s driver history through the department of motor vehicles (DMV), Holden reports he discovered Jarrell’s license had been revoked for a previous DUI, and upon a DMV query on the vehicle’s registration, it was found that the license plate attached to Jarrell’s belonged to another vehicle.
Holden and Broadwater then transported Jarrell to the Logan Detachment of the WVSP for a secondary chemical test for blood alcohol level that determined Jarrell’s blood alcohol level was .139.
Jarrell is charged misdemeanor counts of DUI, reckless driving, driving on a license revoked for DUI and improper registration. If Jarrell is found guilty on all charges, he could be forced to spend up to 15 months in state correctional facility and pay up to $2,000 in fines. Bond was set to $10,000.
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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]