LOGAN, W.Va. — Two people, in separate incidents, were arraigned for driving under the influence with children in their vehicles in Logan County Magistrate Court April 12.
Brittany Patton, 26, of Lake, W.Va. was arrested April 11 after Patrolman D.T. Bryant, with the Chapmanville Police Department, received a tip a black Jeep was in the area with a driver who was possibly driving under the influence.
Bryant reports he located the vehicle and executed a traffic stop on the southbound lane of U.S. Route 119.
Bryant notes he found Patton behind the wheel, “…acting very excited and was having what seemed to be involuntary body movements.”
Patton reportedly had a small child in the backseat.
When asked she was under the influence of drugs, Patton allegedly responded she had consumed Suboxone, marijuana and Xanax.
Patton reportedly consented to a search of the vehicle and Bryant reports he found four Xanax pills, Gabapentin pills, a bag containing two Suboxone strips and a bag containing 18 Suboxone packets and seven empty Suboxone wrappers.
Patton was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and DUI with child endangerment.
If she is found guilty, Patton could be forced to spend up to 18 months in a state correctional facility and pay up to $2,000 in fines.
Johsua Will Workman, 37, of Harts, W.Va was arrested April 12 after Trooper Z.S. Holden, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he received a tip Workman was operating a vehicle with a revoked license at the MedExpress in Logan.
When Holden arrived on scene, he reports he saw Workman operating a vehicle, and when Workman exited the vehicle, he was reportedly unsteady on his feet.
Workman was reportedly transporting two small children in the vehicle.
Holden reports Workman proceeded to fail the horizontal gaze nystagmus, one-legged stand and walk-and-turn field sobriety tests.
Workman was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI with child endangerment and driving with a revoked license.
If he is found guilty, Workman could be forced to spend up to one year in a state correctional facility and pay up to $2,500 in fines.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]