A 22-year-old Elkins man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly stole a vehicle and drove it while under the influence of alcohol.
Dylan Raymond Basil was charged with third-offense DUI and grand larceny, both felonies, following an incident in which he allegedly took a vehicle parked in front of a residence in the 200 block of Fourth Street and drove it with a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, Sgt. S.R. Judy with the Elkins Police Department observed a red Volkswagen GTI traveling north off the Beverly Five-lane onto South Randolph Avenue at approximately 1:47 a.m.
The Volkswagen "stopped without apparent reason" and then accelerated "in a rapid, reckless manner, spinning its tires" - and surpassing the posted speed limit of 25 mph - Judy wrote in the complaint.
Judy initiated a traffic stop on Graham Street and saw Basil sitting in the driver's seat.
"The defendant was staring straight ahead and refused to acknowledge my presence," Judy wrote. "I again knocked on the window at which point the defendant attempted to roll down the window without success."
Judy subsequently opened the driver's side door and smelled an odor of alcoholic emanating from within the Volkswagen. When questioned, Basil and a male passenger admitted that they had been drinking alcohol, according to the complaint.
Judy asked Basil to exit the vehicle so he could administer a field sobriety test, and Basil allegedly replied, "There is no use for that. I'm drunk, and this isn't my first rodeo."
Judy then asked Basil if he was refusing to take the test, to which Basil responded, "I'm not refusing, I just know there's no point I know I'm drunk as s--- and I'll fail, so just take me to jail," according to the complaint.
Basil agreed to take two sobriety tests, both of which he failed, before refusing to consent to a third. Judy cited a male passenger for underage consumption and arrested Basil, transporting him to the Elkins Police Department.
At the EPD, Judy administered an intoximeter test to Basil, whose blood alcohol content, or BAC, allegedly measured 0.25, more than three times the legal limit of .08, the complaint stated.
Later that morning, Lt. S.D. Richards with the EPD received a report of a stolen vehicle. At about 6:44 a.m., a man informed police that the vehicle his son, Elliot Shields, regularly drove had been removed from where it was parked in front of a residence in the 200 block of Fourth Street.
The man, who identified himself as the registered owner of the vehicle, described the missing vehicle as a red 2005 Volkswagen GTI.
Shields, the complainant's son, later told police that he went to bed at 9 p.m. Jan. 2. When he went outside at 5 a.m. Jan. 3 to leave for work, his vehicle was missing.
Richards reviewed the previous shift's police log and noted Basil's DUI arrest. Richards realized that the stolen vehicle matched the description of the vehicle Basil had been driving when he was arrested for third-offense DUI.
"It has been determined that (Basil) was at the residence (in the 200 block of Fourth Street)" Shields' residence prior to the vehicle being stolen, according to Richards' report.
Richards estimated the value of the Volkswagen at $6,000.
Basil made bond - which had been set at $25,000 cash or surety - and was released from the Tygart Valley Regional Jail Thursday.