Teacher arrested for DUI
A Tygarts Valley High/Middle School special education teacher was arrested Wednesday for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Elkins Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, Bruce Iain Duckworth, 44, of Elkins, was pulled over by Cpl. M.S. Wetzel at approximately 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.
“This officer was following a blue 2005 Subaru Forester … south on U.S. Route 219, namely the five-lane in the corporate limits of Elkins,” Wetzel wrote in the complaint. “At this time this officer observed the said vehicle weaving in the traffic lane and immediately turned right on Glenmore Loop Road.”
According to the complaint, Wetzel initiated the traffic stop and noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle. Wetzel asked Duckworth to exit the vehicle, and the man was “unsteady” while exiting the vehicle and “staggered” to the rear of the vehicle, according to police.
“A further observation of Mr. Duckworth revealed that his eyes were red and glassy and his speech was very slurred,” the complaint states.
Duckworth failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Elkins Police Department.
Duckworth blew a blood alcohol content of .124 percent into the Intoximeter, according to police. The legal BAC limit in West Virginia is .08.
When asked about the incident, Randolph County Schools Interim Superintendent of Schools Terry George said he is “not at liberty to discuss personnel matters.”