Buckhannon man arrested

BUCKHANNON — Bobby Joe Winnings, age 55 of Buckhannon, is facing one charge of Driving Under the Influence of an Impairing Substance and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance after being arrested by Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Tanner Collins.

Court records revealed that on Tuesday, April 19, Deputy Collins observed a silver Toyota Tundra driving on Route 20 near the railroad tracks in town that did not display a Motor Vehicle Inspection sticker. Deputy Collins then initiated a traffic stop in the Fast Stop parking lot. During this time, Deputy Collins also noticed the license plate had a black sticker (2020) in the lower right-hand portion of it.

The deputy contacted the driver, later identified as the defendant, Winnings, and noticed the passenger allegedly trying to cover up a Coors Light box. Deputy Collins noted that the smell of alcohol was emitting from the vehicle and the defendant. Deputy Collins asked the defendant to step out of the vehicle and was questioned. The defendant allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana 18 to 20 hours prior. During the explanation of Field Sobriety Tests, the defendant exhibited bloodshot glassy eyes, excited (talkative), constricted pupils and anxiety.

After the tests, the defendant had allegedly admitted to drinking one beer. In turn, Deputy Collins administered the Portable Breathalyzer Test. The defendant allegedly blew a reading of .017. A search of the vehicle was also conducted. Upon the search, Deputy Collins located multiple “roaches” in the ashtray and a black/green zipper case allegedly containing a clear bag with “shrooms” as stated by the defendant.

Following advisement of his rights, the defendant allegedly kept admitting that he only smoked 18 to 20 hours ago. Winnings is currently being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $7,500 cash/surety bond.


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