BUCKHANNON — Only minor injuries were reported after a woman rolled her vehicle on Route 33 Monday morning, but the driver of the tow truck called to remove the wrecked car ended up being arrested at the scene.
Jocelyn Robinson, 62, of New Eagle, Pa., was traveling eastbound in the left lane of Route 33 and went off the road into the gravel, where she lost control, according to Cpl. B.K. Wright with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
Robinson’s 2011 Ford Fiesta rolled onto its top, coming to a rest in the middle of the eastbound lanes of Route 33. Both lanes had to be shut down for approximately 45 minutes for the wreck, which occurred at 10:20 a.m. Robinson was extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel on scene and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital by Upshur County EMS.
Wright said she was scheduled to be released later in the afternoon.
The driver of the Ford Fiesta was not cited for the wreck, but as the scene was being cleared, state police did make an arrest — of the responding tow truck driver.
Anthony Stimson, 34, of Buckhannon, was arrested for driving while license revoked for DUI first offense and possession of marijuana less than 15 grams, both misdemeanors.
When Stimson arrived on scene in a wrecker, Cpl. B.K. Wright with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police told Trooper P.J. Robinette that Stimson’s license was possibly revoked for DUI.
Robinette ran Stimson’s license and confirmed that the license had been revoked for DUI in March 2016. After Stimson was arrested and taken to the state police barracks for processing, Stimson allegedly told Robinette that he had a baggie containing marijuana in his pocket. The baggie contained approximately 1.5 grams of marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.
Stimson was driving for Eric’s Towing and Recovering, Robinette confirmed Thursday.
Eric Robinson, the owner of Eric’s Towing, said at the time Stimson was hired nearly two years ago, his license was legal.
“He’s been a good employee, shows up for work on time and I have never had a reason to question him,” Robinson said.
At Monday’s wreck scene, Robinson said his crew was working to get the vehicle moved. The Ford Fiesta — which had been on its top — was still on its side when officers informed Robinson that Stimson was being arrested.
However, Robinson said he had other employees on scene who were able to step in and finish the towing job.
Robinson said Stimson would not be driving for his company until his license is reinstated.
He wanted to let the public know that the company’s slogan, “Rusted or Busted — We Can Be Trusted” holds true and Eric’s Towing and Recovering Service will continue to take care of its customers.
If convicted, Stimson faces confinement in jail for not less than 90 days to six months and/or a fine of not more than $1,000 for possession of marijuana less than 15 grams, and confinement in jail not less than 30 days nor more than six months and a fine of $100 to $500 for driving while license revoked for DUI first offense.
The Buckhannon Fire Department, Warren District VFD, Buckhannon Police Department and Upshur County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the wreck.