DUI arrest after wreck

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BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence for a single vehicle wreck on the Old Weston Road Monday.

Theresa Ann Criss, 45, wrecked her vehicle in a ditch past Corridor H Tire on the Old Weston Road about 4 p.m. When emergency responders arrived on scene, Criss was “very upset about other persons being in and under her wrecked vehicle,” deputy Tyler Gordon wrote in the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

However, no one else was found around the vehicle or in the vehicle, and Criss then said she was the only one in the vehicle.

Gordon administered standard field sobriety tests and Criss allegedly showed signs of impairment in the walk and turn test, as well as the one-legged stand.

“This officer could not determine a definitive result of the horizontal gaze nystagmus, due to the erratic behavior of the defendant, but there was a lack of equal tracking,” Gordon wrote.

Gordon also located a used baggy containing residue of a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana, according to the criminal complaint. Criss consented to having a blood draw at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Magistrate Kay Hurst arraigned Criss for the DUI first offense, a misdemeanor, and set bond at $5,000 public recognizance.

If convicted, Criss faces confinement in jail for up to six months and a fine of $100 to $500. 

No one was injured in a second wreck reported Monday about 12:45 p.m. The wreck happened as Jacob Hill, 21, of Buckhannon, was driving a Ford Ranger southeast on the Little Sand Run Road towards Country Club Road. Near the top of the hill, Hill drove off the road and hit the  bank, according to Sgt. J.L. Clay with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

Hill was able to get out of the vehicle and firefighters stabilized the truck to get the passenger, Brittney Hill, 19, of Buckhannon out of the vehicle. No citations were issued. The Buckhannon Fire Department and Upshur County EMS also responded.

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