CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — One person was arrested after authorities were dispatched to the area of Police Drive on reports of a female being dragged by a car.
Trooper First Class C.S. Maynard, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he responded to the dispatch and was advised by Logan County 911 the victim had been transported to Huntington via helicopter.
When he arrived on the scene, Maynard reportedly made contact with Angela B. Watts, 52, of Harts, W.Va., who stated she was driving when the passenger of the vehicle became irate.
Watts allegedly stated the victim opened the vehicle’s door and attempted to exit the vehicle when she was dragged for a short distance.
Maynard adds he was able to find a witnesses that described a chain of events similar to Watts’ version of the story.
While speaking with Watts, Maynard noted she slurring her speech and was unable to hold a steady footing.
When asked if she had consumed any drugs prior to driving, Watts reportedly stated she had taken roxycodone and xanax about 20 minutes to driving the vehicle.
Watts reportedly proceeded to fail the horizontal gaze nystagmus, walk-and-turn, and one-legged stand field sobriety tests.
Watts was later transported to Logan Regional Medical Center for a blood draw.
Watts is charged with a felony count of driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury, and if she is found guilty, Watts could be forced to spend between two and 10 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $3,000 in fines.
Watts’ bail 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 or by email at [email protected]