Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 1, 2014

DUI driver hits 2 cars, sign before pulling over

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A Peterstown resident was arrested Monday evening on an aggravated DUI charge after two vehicles and a restaurant’s sign were damaged in separate crashes.

The incident started at 7:15 p.m. when a Chevy Lumina traveling west on U.S. Route 460 struck a Kia Forte near the intersection of Ambrose Lane, according to Trooper N.S. Syner of the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment. The Lumina continued down Route 460 and hit a GMC Yukon near the Ingleside Road intersection.

Following this collision, the Lumina hopped a curve, and kept going down Ingleside Road where Officer J.L. Faris of the Princeton Police Department initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle kept going and hit a Burger King sign, Syner said. Faris was able to get the driver, who appeared to be highly intoxicated, out of the vehicle. Trooper Syner then arrived and began the investigation.

Alven Owens, 41, of Peterstown, was charged with aggravated DUI. A blood test showed a blood alcohol level of .245, Syner said in his report. The legal limit is .08.

No injuries were reported, but the two vehicles struck were damaged, and Owens allegedly had no insurance and a suspended driver’s license. He was scheduled to be transported to the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver to await arraignment.