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Second DUI Charge in As Many Months for Local Man

July 30, 2012
By TYLER REYNARD Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Todd Long already was facing an outstanding DUI charge when police say he drove his vehicle into a creek while allegedly driving drunk last week.

Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe arraigned Long, 25, of Triadelphia on Friday on a charge of aggravated DUI. Radcliffe set bond at $7,500 and remanded Long to the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville.

According to court documents, Ohio County sheriff's deputies responded to a vehicle crash at Pleasant Hollow Road around 7:30 p.m. Thursday to find Long's truck in a creek. Long told deputies he was driving from his home to the end of the road to retrieve his mail when the vehicle slid off the roadway.

Long, who reportedly was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol, admitted to drinking "five to six beers." After failing field sobriety tests, he allegedly told deputies he drank "seven to 12 beers."

Long ultimately submitted to a breathalyzer exam and registered 0.175 percent blood-alcohol content. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent.

At the time of the incident Thursday, Long was free on $1,000 bond after being arrested for DUI during a June 9 traffic stop.

Long reportedly registered 0.137 percent blood-alcohol content after deputies stopped his vehicle on Dallas Pike Road that day.

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