Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 31, 2014

Snow plow operator charged with DUI

WELCH — A West Virginia Division of Highways snow plow operator has been arrested in McDowell County for driving under the influence of alcohol, officials said Thursday.

Thomas Keith Henderson, 57, of Elkhorn, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a report from Deputy R.L. Jones with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department.

“I observed Henderson operating a WVDOH salt truck with a front headlight out. When I came in contact with Henderson his eyes were bloodshot and glassy looking with a distinct odor of alcohol,” Jones said in the report.

Henderson was charged with DUI (CDL) and defective equipment. He was working for the WVDOH to clear the roads in a large snow plow. The legal limit for a CDL driver is .040, while the legal limit for a driver’s license is .080, Sheriff Martin B. West said.

Henderson blew a .090 on the intoximeter.

 Henderson was transported to the McDowell County holding unit and arraigned Thursday before Magistrate Steve Cox. A bond was set in the amount of $500. West said Henderson made bond and was released.

Tom Camden, supervisor for District 10 of the state Department of Highways, said the incident was under investigation and he could not comment.

 The department does have a regular drug testing program for its CDL (commercial drivers license) drivers who operate snow plows, Camden said.

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