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Six persons charged with driving under the influence

Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com

May 29, 2013

Julia Roberts Goad

Staff Writer

WILLIAMSON - A Dingess man arrested after he allegedly put a Mingo County Sheriff’s Deputy at risk while the deputy was performing his duties heads the list of six persons arrested for driving under the influence in Mingo County.

According to the criminal complaint, MCSD Deputy M.J. Miller was conducting a traffic stop at Dingess with the lights on his cruiser activated when he saw a Nissan Altima driven by Keith Marcum, 29, of Dingess, coming toward him. The Nissan did not slow as it approached the cruiser and the officer, even as the officer motioned with his flashlight, indicating he was in the road. Miller said he had to close the door to his cruiser and get up against the vehicle to avoid being hit by the Nissan. After stopping the car, it was found Marcum was driving on a suspended license. He was charged with improperly approaching an emergency vehicle, reckless driving and driving on a license suspended for DUI.

Another Dingess man, Charles Chapman, 34, is charged with Miller observed him operating an ATV on a highway with a double yellow line and without tail lights or headlights. When Miller stopped Chapman for these violations, it was found he was driving with a license that had been revoked for DUI.

Connie Mahon, 50, of Delbarton, was pulled over by West Virginia State Trooper D.L. Contos after he observed her driving erratically. After failing field sobriety tests, Mahon was arrested and charged with DUI, no proof of registration and defective equipment.

A Beech Creek man, 19-year-old Timothy Kennedy, was arrested after he drove his 1989 Dodge Dakota into the creek. Upon investigation of the accident, Kennedy was charged with DUI, driving without a license and consumption of alcohol by a minor. Miller, Contos and Dept. J.R. Fitch investigated that accident.

A call from 911 dispatch led to the arrest of Frank Justice, 44, of Delbarton. Justice had his 7-year-old son in the car when he drove to the Miner Mart in Taylorville. Police received a call about Justice and stopped him before he could leave the store. He told Depts. Lendearo and Williams that he had taken five fioricet pills before he drove to the store with his son. He charged with DUi with a minor in the vehicle and driving on a license that had been revoked for unpaid citations.

After noticing erratic driving, Dept. Miller pulled over Kirk Mullins, 38, of Williamson. After a status check, it was found that Mullins was driving with a license that had been revoked for DUI. After failing field sobriety tests, Mullins was also charged with DUI and driving left of center.