An Alum Creek resident was arrested in Logan County May 17 after he allegedly got into a car accident while driving under the influence (DUI).
Trooper M.J. Miller with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) was notified by Logan County 911 May 17 of a two car accident in the Holden area. Upon arrival on the scene, Miller reports he found a SUV on the wrong side of the highway with damage to the front of the vehicle and a pickup truck sitting off of the roadway also damanged on its front-end .
Miller was informed that the drivers of both vehicles had been transported to Logan Regional Medical Center (LRMC) for medical attention. Upon his arrival at LRMC, Miller made contact with the driver of the pickup truck who reportedly stated to him the SUV crossed the center lane and stuck their vehicle at a high rate of speed. In a statement to the Logan Banner, the driver of the pickup truck explained their injuries from the crash stating, “It broke my leg and caused numerous lacerations and bruises.”
Miller then made contact with the driver of the SUV, Larry James Shepherd, 48, of Alum Creek. Miller reports that Shepherd admitted to driving the SUV. During his contact with Shepherd, Miller reports he was able to detect the strong smell of alcohol emanating from Shepherd and that Shepherd exhibited glassy, blood-shot eyes and slurred speech. Miller further reports that Shepherd was unable to perform the standard field sobriety tests.
The criminal complaint states, “While at LRMC, the defendant fled from the hospital, and, after a brief search,…[Miller] was able to locate the defendant.” While transporting Shepherd to the WVSP for processing, Miller reports he informed Shepherd of his implied consent to sobriety testing but Shepherd still refused to comply with the test.
Shepherd allegedly admitted he had been drinking throughout the day and night and fled the hospital fearing he would be arrested for DUI. Miller reports that Shepherd eventually submitted to a blood draw to determine his alcohol level.
Shepherd is charged with driving left of center, failing to maintain control of his vehicle, DUI causing injury and obstructing an officer. If Shepherd is found guilty on all charges, he could be forced to spend up to two years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $700 in fines. Bond was set to $5,000. On May 18, Shepherd was able to post bond is currently free pending trial.
— — — —
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.