A Man resident who was allegedly driving without their headlights on was arrested Sept. 18 for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Trooper T.J. Hannon, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) reports he was observing traffic in the late night hours of of Sept. 18 when he observed a vehicle approving to be driven by an intoxicated driver traveling south on Route 10. Hannon further reports he witnessed the car leave the Speedway gas station in Man without illuminating its headlights.
Hannon reports he found the driver of the vehicle to be Jamie Brunty, 34, of Man. While checking Brunty’s information, Hannon was informed by WVSP Communications in Logan that Brunty’s license had been revoked for an active DUI since Aug. 18, 2015.
Brunty reportedly exhibited dilated pupils and slurred speech while speaking with Hannon and reportedly failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus, one-legged stand and walk-and-turn field sobriety tests.
After failing the sobriety tests, Brunty was placed under arrest and transported to Logan Regional Medical Center to have a blood kit performed. The blood kit was submitted to the WVSP laboratory for testing.
Brunty is charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI and driving on a license revoked for DUI. If he is found guilty on both charges, Brunty could be forced to spend up to one year in a state correctional facility and pay up to $1,000 in fines.
Bail was set to $4,000. Because Brunty was already out on bail, a hold has been placed on Brunty’s bail.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]