Helvetia man jailed after DUI causes death


TALLMANSVILLE — A Helvetia man was arrested on Friday, following a DUI crash that resulted in the death of one man in Tallmansville on August 2.

TFC S.W. Shahan and TFC P.J. Robinette with the Buckhannon Detachment of the WV State Police responded to the motor vehicle crash around 1 p.m. on Monday, August 2. When officers arrived, they reported a Ford F-150 was “resting against a standing tree on the western roadway edge with heavy front-end damage.” According to the criminal complaint, it appeared the vehicle was travelling north when it drove off the roadway and impacted the tree head on.

Upon closer observation of the vehicle, officers noticed a male in the cab of the truck who was positioned across the passenger and front seats. EMS informed the officer that the victim was dead upon arrival, according to court documents. The deceased was later identified as Christie Coy McClure. TFC Robinette made contact with the driver of the vehicle and son of the deceased, Christie Coy McClure, Jr., 58, of Helvetia, who stated he lost control of the vehicle because a deer jumped out onto the roadway.

The officer observed a large laceration above the driver’s right eye that was bleeding heavily. While talking with the eventual accused, the officer could reportedly smell alcohol on the driver. McClure noted to the officer that he, nor his father, were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the incident. TFC Robinette asked the accused when the last time he consumed an alcoholic beverage was, to which he allegedly replied, “Last night about 11.”

When the officers arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital and made contact with the accused, who was being treated, McClure agreed to submit to a blood draw in order to determine his blood alcohol content.

On September 2, TFC Robinette recovered the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory Report that determined McClure’s blood alcohol content contained .217 grams of ethanol per one hundred milliliters of blood.

McClure was subsequently charged with the felony offense of DUI causing death. If convicted, the defendant faces 3-15 years in a state correctional facility, a fine of $1,000-$3,000, and shall have his license revoked by the Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles for a period of 10 years or for a period of time conditioned on participation in the test and lock program in accordance with WV Code §17C-5A-3a.

The defendant is currently detained at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a combined $25,000 bond set by Upshur County Magistrate Mark Davis.

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