Woman arrested for DUI after T-bone collision on Route 20 Sunday

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BUCKHANNON — A Belington woman was arrested for having a blood alcohol concentration three times the legal limit after crashing into another vehicle Sunday night.

Brandi Price, 36, was traveling south on Route 20 and was attempting to turn left onto Route 33 eastbound in a white Audi when she T-boned a Chevy Cobalt, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

When Patrolman First Class Marshall O’Connor approached Price, he stated he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. She had slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes, a flushed face and seemed to be confused despite refusing medical treatment, the officer stated.

Price allegedly admitted to consuming a few drinks and failed a portable breathalyzer. Price also showed impairment on all three standard field sobriety tests. After O’Connor took Price to the holding cell, she registered a .245 BAC on the Intoximeter II test.

Price was arrested for DUI first offense with a BAC of greater than .150.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $5,000 cash or surety.

If convicted, Price faces confinement in jail for two days to six months and a fine of $200 to $1,000.

In a separate arrest, Brian Austin Wolford, 25, of Buckhannon, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, both felonies.

On Oct. 15, 2017, deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department observed a gray Ford Focus on First Street with a registration that came back as no matching record. Gordon initiated a traffic stop and identified Wolford as the driver, but the license was suspended.

Gordon received consent from the owner of the vehicle to search the car and allegedly discovered a small baggie with a substance believed to be marijuana, weighing 3.8 grams, inside the purse of the rear middle passenger, Brenda Burnette, later identified as Wolford’s mother. A further search yielded a black bag under the front passenger seat with a cell phone, a portable charger, digital scale, smoking devices, approximately 14.7 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana, one large roll of 10.8 grams and three small baggies of marijuana containing just over 1 gram each, according to the criminal complaint.

Burnette said a man had given her the baggie of marijuana for a ride earlier. With a search warrant, Gordon located several photographs of Wolford and a text and email account associated with him on the cell phone.

Hurst set bond at $80,000 total. If convicted, Wolford faces confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $15,000 for delivery of a controlled substance. Possession with intent to deliver marijuana carries a possible sentence of confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than three years and/or a fine of not more than $15,000.

Burnette was cited for possession of marijuana less than 15 grams, according to a record in the magistrate clerk’s office.

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