Man facing DUI with child endangerment charge
ELKINS – An Elkins man was arrested Sunday on multiple charges, including DUI with child endangerment, police said
Jeremy Lynn Huffman, 32, was arrested on one count of third offense driving under the influence, a felony, as well as one count of failure to use headlights after dark, one count of expired MVI, one count of driving revoked DUI and one count of DUI with child endangerment, all misdemeanors.
According to the criminal complaint, Trooper J. B. Tindal of the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police saw a red Dodge Caravan driving on U.S. 219 without its headlights on at around 7:47 p.m. Saturday.
After initiating a traffic stop, Tindal wrote in the criminal complaint that the Caravan’s motor vehicle inspection sticker was expired as of Aug. 8, 2012. Tindal identified the driver as Huffman and said he “noticed his eyes were bloodshot, as well as a strong smell of alcohol coming from the driver’s side window,” the complaint reads. Tindal wrote that he asked Huffman if he had been drinking, which Huffman denied but said that he had spilled some alcohol in the vehicle.
Tindal returned to his cruiser to check Huffman’s information with the Division of Motor Vehicles, when he discovered that Huffman’s license was revoked on Oct. 10, 2012 and that he had two prior DUI convictions, dating as far back as October 2006, the complaint reads.
Tindal noticed Huffman exit his vehicle and grab his chest, “stating that he thought he was going to have a heart attack,” the complaint states. Tindal contacted EMS to respond. When Tindal went to tend to Huffman, he observed “empty Milwaukee’s Best Ice cans in the floor of the vehicle, as well as a paper bag containing an opened bottle of Kentucky Gentleman whiskey,” the complaint reads. Tindal also wrote that he “observed a juvenile two years of age” in the vehicle.
Emergency officials responded and transported Huffman to Davis Medical Center to be treated for chest pains, Tindal wrote.
According to the criminal complaint, Huffman’s blood alcohol percentage was measured at .166, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Huffman was being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of press time.
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