WILLIAMSON - Two defendants were taken into custody over the last few days on charges relating to, and including, operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Williamson Patrolmen J.D. Tincher and J.R. Marcum, along with West Virginia State Police Trooper J.R. Tupper, placed Madeline Michelle Dillon, 36, of Parkway Drive, under arrest on charges of DUI and no proof of insurance.
The officers were contacted by Mingo County 911 and were advised that a vehicle in the parking lot of the American Legion had been involved in a crash. Upon arrival, the driver was observed sitting behind the wheel of her car. The damage was substantial and rendered the Chevrolet Monte Carlo inoperable.
Upon speaking with the driver, the officers said they detected a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. A three-part field sobriety test was administered, which the defendant was unable to successfully complete, according to the officers. She was then placed under arrest and was taken to the Williamson Police Department, where she allegedly refused to complete an alcohol breathalyzer test. She was also unable to furnish proof of insurance for her vehicle, police said.
Brain K. Kennedy, 49, of 3749 Pond Creek Roa., Pinsonfork, Ky., was arrested by state police Trooper J.R. Tupper on charges of DUI, possession of a concealed weapon and failure to obey a stop sign.
The criminal complaint states that after a traffic stop was conducted for failure to yield at a traffic sign, Kennedy was found to be operating a vehicle while under the influence of controlled substances. He was also in possession of a concealed handgun in the glove box of his car and did not possess a permit to do so, according to the complaint. The defendant was unable to perform the series of sobriety tests administered to him by the trooper, the complaint states.
Both defendants were arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Pam Newsome and were released from custody after posting a bond in the amount issued to them by the court.