Plea agreement reached

ELKINS — A Randolph County man accused of driving without a license entered into a plea agreement and was sentenced in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Dennis Clayton Currence Jr., 39, of Mill Creek, was sentenced to one year in jail. He was ordered to be released after serving 90 days and the remainder of the sentence will be suspended for one year of probation with required check-in’s with the North Central Community Corrections program.

He must also “actively pursue getting (his) license reinstated while on probation,” according to a plea agreement form filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Currence pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving suspended or revoked for DUI, second offense, as part of the agreement. The prosecution dismissed the original charge of one felony count of driving revoked for DUI, third offense.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling represented the state while Currence appeared with Brent Easton as defense counsel. Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon presided.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 8:15 p.m. on July 22, West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper D.T. Stallings received notification of a vehicle stuck in a ditch, underneath a tree, along the eastern edge of Mabie/Cassity Road near Mill Creek.

Upon arrival, Stallings found a blue Ford Explorer in the ditch line, court documents state. He also noticed a tree had fallen across the roadway blocking traffic; however, the tree had not struck the vehicle.

Stalling spoke with Sean McAtee, a member of the Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department, who told him he was attempting to cut down the tree that was blocking traffic when he saw the vehicle drive into the ditch line in an attempt to drive underneath the tree, police said.

McAtee added the vehicle got stuck and the driver of the vehicle, identified by McAtee as Currence, had exited the vehicle and walked south away from the scene, the complaint states.

Stallings requested through 911 a check of the vehicle identification number and was advised the vehicle was not registered in any of the 50 states. He then searched the vehicle and located a pay stub in Currence’s name from Hayes Scott Rustic Fence and Lumber, police said. Roughly an hour later, Stallings requested a drivers license history check on Currence.

He was told Currence’s license was revoked for one active DUI, effective Dec. 8, 2004; one revocation for driving revoked for DUI, with an effective date of April 19, 2013; 11 unpaid citations, with a most recent effective date of May 22, 2015; and one mandatory insurance revocation, with an effective date of Dec. 24, 2001, according to the complaint.

Stallings was also informed Currence had two previous conviction for driving while revoked for DUI on April 1, 2013 and Oct. 14, 2014.

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