VARNEY - A single vehicle accident ended with the driver and her passenger, who are husband and wife, being placed under arrest for reasons of DUI and possession of a controlled substance.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Mingo County Sheriff’s Deputies N.A. Glanden and J.R. Fitch, Samantha Nelson, 39, of Cora, was operating a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze when she lost control and ended up in a ditch on Horsepen Mountain. Upon making contact with the defendant, a strong alcoholic odor was detected on her breath. The officers administered three field sobriety tests to Nelson, who was unable to complete any of them. Officer Glanden gave the defendant a portable breathalyzer tests which produced results of .163, twice the legal limit of 0.80.
David Joseph Nelson, 37, the husband of the driver, was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident. When he was instructed to exit the vehicle, Nelson was said to have been staggering around, swaying back and forth as he attempted to walk and he was observed to have glassy, bloodshot eyes. While performing a pat down on the defendant, the officers discovered $988.62 in various size bills in both front pockets of his jeans, as well as 7 and 2 halves of Hydrocodone 10 mg tablets (Schedule III drug) and 9 Aderall tablets 10 mg (Schedule II drug). Also located in the floorboard of the vehicle was a camouflage coin purse containing an additional 4 Aderall 10 mg tablets.
Samantha was charged with DUI and David was charged with one count each of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of a Schedule III controlled substance. Both defendants were arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Pam Newsome and were remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden until which time they met the conditions and stipulations of their bonds.