WSAZ reports that the incident occurred early Thursday morning on 6th Avenue. A police officer pulled over John King II after King’s vehicle was seen swerving back and forth across the roadway, nearly hitting several parked cars in the process.
The officer said that he could smell a strong odor of alcohol, and that King’s eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. King failed parts of all 3 field sobriety tests. When the officer administered a breath test on the scene, King had a blood-alcohol level of .191.
This is King’s second DUI charge in the past year. He was also charged with aggravated DUI in April.
The Kanawha County Magistrate Court arraigned King on the new charge Thursday morning. King’s bond is set at $500.
A spokesperson with the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety said that King is no longer employed by the state.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
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