By RACHEL C. DOVE
CHATTAROY - An Ohio man who chose the wrong county in West Virginia in which to operate a vehicle while in an intoxicated state, found himself handcuffed and behind bars Thursday morning.
Deputy M.J. Miller, of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department, was on his way from Williamson after a magistrate court appearance when he observed a 1992 Chevrolet Astro Van traveling northbound on U.S. 119 that was allegedly weaving and swerving into the other lane, and also crossed the white line on the side of the four-lane.
Miller stated in the report that the driver was also following at an unsafe distance behind the vehicle in front of him.
After initiating a traffic stop on the vehicle, Miller made contact with the driver, Daniel Scot Bramwell, 46, of Akron, Ohio, and observed a strong alcoholic beverage odor coming from the defendant’s breath. Bramwell allegedly admitted to the deputy that he had consumed alcohol the night before, and several open alcoholic beverage containers were observed in the floor board of the van.
Deputy Miller conducted a three-part field sobriety test on the defendant that produced results that supported the officer’s suspicions of intoxication. A secondary breathalyzer test was administered which resulted in a .081 reading.
While verifying the driver’s license, registration and insurance, Miller discovered that Bramwell was driving on a suspended license for reasons of DUI in 2008, and could only produce an Ohio Identification card. He is also said to have failed to produce an insurance card.
The defendant was taken into custody and was charged with DUI second offense, left of center, following too closely, no proof of insurance and driving on a suspended license.
Bramwell was arraigned before Magistrate Dee Sidebottom, and was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden where he remains on a $2,300 bond.