Man arrested for DUI second offense


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested for DUI second offense and the owner of the vehicle who permitted him to drive also faces a charge after a traffic stop early Friday morning.

Deputy Tyler Gordon observed a black Chevy pick-up truck make a wide turn south on Route 20 from Kanawha Street and cross the center line once on Route 20, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. The vehicle then made an improper left turn onto College Avenue, cutting into the left half of the driveway. Gordon initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on College Avenue and identified the driver as Christopher T. Bragg, 29. Gordon allegedly detected the odor of alcohol coming from Bragg who also allegedly had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes and was unsteady.

Bragg showed signs of impairment on the three field sobriety tests and failed the preliminary breathalyzer test. Bragg registered a .153 — nearly twice the legal limit — on the Intoximeter II test.

Bragg was arrested for second offense DUI, a misdemeanor, due to a prior conviction for DUI on Nov. 20, 2012 in Upshur County.

Patrolman Charles S. Criss III responded to assist Gordon and the officers learned the truck Bragg was driving belonged to Timothy William Stanton Jr., 23. Stanton allegedly told officers he knew Bragg had four to six drinks at the bar but that he was the most sober of anyone so he was picked to drive the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

Stanton was arrested for permitting DUI, a misdemeanor.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $5,000 for Bragg and $2,000 for Stanton. DUI second offense carries confinement for six months to one year, or the court may in its discretion impose a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $3,000. Permitting DUI carries up to six months in jail and a fine of $100 to $500.

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