Alleged Drunken Driver Was Getting More Beer
Although his blood-alcohol content was already twice the legal limit for driving, Sean Duvall reportedly told an Ohio County sheriff’s deputy that he was on his way to buy more beer when he drove his car over a concrete median Wednesday morning.
Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe arraigned Duvall later that day on a charge of aggravated DUI. The 44-year-old, Donora, Pa., resident was released from the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville after posting $2,500 bond.
According to court documents sheriff’s Lt. Nelson Croft was patrolling The Highlands around 4 a.m. Wednesday when he watched Duvall drive his gold Ford Taurus over a concrete divider near the intersection of Cabela Drive and the Interstate 70 exit ramp. Duvall then accelerated abruptly, causing the vehicle’s tires to spin rapidly before he drove into a nearby gas station parking lot, where Croft approached the vehicle.
When Croft requested Duvall’s license, he provided the deputy with two copies of a Pennsylvania concealed carry permit. Croft reportedly confiscated a pistol from Duvall’s car.
Duvall smelled of alcohol, and he reportedly admitted to Croft that he had consumed “a couple beers.” He had bloodshot eyes and his speech was slightly slurred, according to reports.
“I asked (Duvall) where he was heading and he said Pennsylvania. I asked where he was coming from and he said Pennsylvania,” Croft’s report states. “I asked why he had traveled to West Virginia and he had no answer.”
Duvall failed multiple field sobriety tests.
He submitted to a breathalyzer at the scene, and registered a 0.179 percent blood-alcohol content.
The legal limit for driving is 0.08. He registered a 0.164 percent blood-alcohol content later at sheriff’s department headquarters.
Duvall eventually told Croft he was driving to West Virginia to purchase more beer, the report states. State law, however, prohibits retailers from selling alcohol between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m., and bars must shut their doors by 3:30 a.m.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 18 in front of Magistrate Joe Roxby.