Officers crack down on DUI violators

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

November 8, 2013

WILLIAMSON - Local officers have taken to the roadways of Mingo County in full force, in an attempt to keep the public safe and eliminate the dangers associated with individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Several arrests have been recorded recently in magistrate court that shows the committment of law enforcement have paid off.

Stephen Douglas Whited, 45, of Amherstdale, was arrested by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Cpl. J. Endicott and R. Fitch, on charges of DUI 1st offense, operating an ATV across the center line, and driving without a license.

The arrest occurred on U.S. 52 after a traffic stop was conducted when the driver of the ATV was observed weaving across the center line. Once contact with Whited was made, the officers could detect the strong odor of alcohol on his breath. The defendant was also found to have glassy eyes and was speaking with a slurred speech. The alcohol breathalyzer test produced results of .270, three times the legal limit.

Whited was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and was released from custody on a $1,200 personal recognizance bond.

Richard Lee Blevins, 48, of Inez, Ky., was taken into custody by MCSD Deputy L. Thomas after being charged with DUI 1st offense, and operating an ATV on a roadway with a center line.

Blevins was observed riding his ATV on U.S. 119 near Borderland and allegedly pulled into the parking lot of Victory Lane in a reckless manner. Upon making contact with the defendant, Thomas detected the smell of alcohol. According to the report, Blevins admitted to the officer that he had consumed 3-4 beers before getting on the ATV. A three-part field sobriety test was administered, which the defendant could not successfully complete.

Blevins was arraigned before Magistrate Sidebottom and was released after posting an $1,100 personal recognizance bond.

Terry Mullins, 48, of Naugatuck, was placed under arrest by West Virginia State Police Trooper D.M. Williamson and was charged with driving on a revoked license for reasons of DUI, forged registration, and prohibited drug purchases.

The complaint states that the trooper observed a Hyundai Tiburon with a temporary tag that had been altered. A traffic stop was initiated and when a a records check was performed, Williamson became aware that Mullins’ license had been revoked on May 25th of this year. Upon a search of the defendant, the trooper discovered a pill bottle containing 10 Phenytoin Sodium tablets, 1 Levotab and 5 Ibuprofen.

Mullins was also arraigned before Magistrate Sidebottom and issued the defendant a $3,000 personal recognizance bond.