MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Police (WVSP) recently arrested a West Logan woman on felony DUI charges after police say she was driving at a very slow speed.
Trooper Z.S. Holden, with the WVSP, reports he was conducting road patrols near the Mount Gay area when he saw a vehicle making, “…suspicious maneuvers and traveling at a very low speed.”
Holden notes he followed the vehicle on to State Rt. 44 for a short time, and, while observing the vehicle, Holden adds the driver allegedly used their turn signal at inappropriate times.
The vehicle reportedly turned into the Speedway gas station at Monitor.
Before it came to a stop, Holden reports the vehicle collided with a concrete curb beside a gas pump.
The criminal complaint filed by Holden states, “Upon approach of the vehicle, this officer could detect the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from the defendant and also observed the defendant had bloodshot eyes.”
While speaking with the driver, Holden reports the car began to lurch backward nearly striking the police cruiser.
The driver then reportedly placed the car in park.
When asked to provide her name, the driver allegedly provided Holden with a false name but she could not provide him with a birthday.
Holden notes he was able to learn the driver’s identity was Victoria Gore, of West Logan, from the vehicle’s passengers.
The criminal complaint adds, “This officer then asked the defendant how many alcoholic beverages the defendant had drunk and the defendant stated a few and some pills.”
When stepping out of the vehicle, Gore was allegedly unsteady on her feet and staggered.
Gore reportedly proceeded to fail the walk-and-turn, one-legged stand and horizontal gaze nystagmus field sobriety tests.
After Gore was transported the WVSP Logan Detachment, she allegedly registered a blood alcohol level of .086.
Gore is charged with felony counts of third offense DUI and third offense driving with a license revoked for DUI.
Gore is also charged with a misdemeanor count of providing false information.
If she is found guilty on all charges, Gore could be forced to spend up to eight years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $10,200 in fines.
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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]