Wheeling Firefighter Charged With Driving Under the Influence

WHEELING – State Police arrested city firefighter Brian Joltes for drunken driving after stopping his vehicle early Sunday on National Road.

Ohio County Magistrate Charles Murphy arraigned Joltes hours later on charges of DUI and driving left of center. Joltes, 39, of Wheeling was released from the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville later that day after posting bond.

According to court documents, a trooper witnessed Joltes’ Jeep Wrangler drive on and cross over the center line while traveling east on National Road near Generations Restaurant & Pub around 2:05 a.m. Sunday.

Joltes smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, court documents state. He reportedly admitted to drinking six beers.

Joltes allegedly failed field sobriety tests at the scene. He submitted to a breathalyzer exam and reportedly registered a 0.155 percent blood-alcohol content. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.

The trooper arrested Joltes and transported him to the sheriff’s department, where he reportedly registered a 0.14 percent BAC around 3:15 a.m. Joltes was processed at the State Police detachment on Eoff Street and transported to jail.

A preliminary hearing had not yet been scheduled in Magistrate Court on Tuesday, nor had Joltes informed the court whether he had retained a lawyer to represent him.

Fire Chief Larry Helms did not return phone calls seeking comment on Joltes’ arrest Tuesday. City Manager Robert Herron declined to comment.