Men Charged In Separate DUI Incidents

Reginald Clark allegedly was under the influence of alcohol when he struck a parked car along 13th Street Thursday morning, and police say he had a tantrum when they took him into custody, fighting with officers and kicking the window of their cruiser.

  • Ohio County Magistrate Joe Roxby arraigned Clark Thursday on charges of DUI causing property damage, obstructing, two counts of battery on an officer, striking an unattended vehicle and driving revoked. Clark, 49, of Wheeling remained in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville Thursday.

Clark was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Impala around 2:45 a.m. Thursday when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a Chevrolet Blazer, which was forced into a Cadillac, court documents state. Clark was sitting on the steps of a nearby residence when officers arrived at the scene.

Clark smelled of alcohol and reportedly admitted to having consumed “a couple of drinks.” When one of the officers asked if Clark drank beer or liquor, Clark replied, “What kind of question is that?” He was unsteady on his feet and failed field sobriety tests, documents state.

Officers said Clark resisted when they placed him in handcuffs. He allegedly kicked the officers several times. Clark refused to enter the back seat of the cruiser, and police used a Tazer on him. After they loaded him into the vehicle, Clark allegedly kicked the rear window.

Because of Clark’s combative demeanor, officers could not conduct a breathalyzer exam. Police transported Clark to a local hospital, where the medical staff drew blood. The results of that analysis are not expected to be returned to police for weeks.

Clark is also wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Jefferson City, Mo. An extradition hearing in front of an Ohio County circuit judge had not yet been scheduled Thursday.

  • Hours before police arrested Clark, Steven Chmiel allegedly was driving drunk when he almost hit an officer who was standing outside of his cruiser clocking traffic speed along Interstate 70.

Roxby arraigned Chmiel Thursday on a charge of DUI. Chmiel, 58, of McMurray, Pa., was released from jail later that day after posting $1,000 bond.

Chmiel reportedly crossed the yellow line onto the shoulder of the road while driving a station wagon along Interstate 70 near Elm Grove around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle was on a path to collide with a parked Wheeling police cruiser, and the officer “had to jump into the driver’s seat of the cruiser to avoid being struck by the car, which narrowly missed the cruiser door,” court documents state.

The officer attempted to administer a breathalyzer test at the scene, but Chmiel reportedly shoved his tongue into the mouthpiece and gave insufficient samples. Chmiel reportedly registered a 0.117 percent blood-alcohol content at police headquarters. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.