Firefighter Charged With DUI After Crash

WHEELING – Fire Department Chief Larry Helms and City Manager Robert Herron are expected to make a decision regarding the employment status of city firefighter, Lt. Paul McIntire, who was charged with DUI after his car struck a pole on Sunday morning.

Ohio County Magistrate Patty Murphy on Sunday arraigned McIntire, 45, of Wheeling, on a single count of DUI. He was released from the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville after posting $500 bond.

Helms had not yet addressed McIntire’s arrest at press time, but said he expects to consult with Herron sometime today. Helms also had not spoken with McIntire at press time. The chief would not speculate as to any action that may be taken against McIntire.

Herron could not be reached for comment at press time.

According to court documents, McIntire was behind the wheel around 2:45 a.m. Sunday when his car struck a pole on Cherry Hill Road in Clearview. McIntire reportedly told an Ohio County Sheriff’s Deputy he was driving home from Bernie’s Bar and swerved to miss a deer in the roadway.

McIntire reportedly smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred. He admitted to drinking four to five drinks at Bernie’s Bar prior to the wreck, court documents state. McIntire failed field sobriety tests at the scene, and also registered a blood alcohol content higher than 0.08, the legal limit for driving.

A preliminary hearing had not yet been scheduled at press time, nor had McIntire informed the court if he had yet retained an attorney to represent him.