Man arrested for DUI following wreck at Buckhannon Crossroads


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested for first offense DUI after a two-vehicle wreck Thursday evening at the Buckhannon Crossroads intersection.

The wreck happened about
6 p.m. as Jerry Wilfong, 60, was driving a 2017 Toyota Tacoma and attempting to turn left onto Buckhannon Crossroads from Route 20 North, according to the report from the Buckhannon Police Department.

Wilfong’s truck collided with the rear driver side of a Ford F-150 pick-up truck, driven by Deanna L. Schneider, 49, of Gassaway, which was traveling south on Route 20, according to the report.

When Patrolman First Class Marshall O’Connor arrived on scene and began talking with Wilfong, the officer stated in the report he smelled the odor of alcohol on the driver’s breath. Wilfong allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving and showed impairment on two field sobriety tests. He then told O’Connor that he was unable to do the one-legged stand test.

After being arrested for DUI, Wilfong registered a blood alcohol concentration of .127 on the Intoximter II test, according to the report.

Wilfong was arraigned before Magistrate Kay Hurst, who set bond at $2,500, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. He has requested to participate in the DUI deferral program available for first-time offenders.

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

Neither Wilfong nor Schneider reported any injuries. Both vehicles were towed due to disabling damage.

The Buckhannon Fire Department and Upshur County EMS also responded. O’Connor was assisted at the scene by Patrolman Tanner Collins.

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