In late November, a West Virginia man was charged with multiple driving under the influence (DUI) offenses after leading police on a car chase and crashing into a squad car. According to WDTV, the DUI car chase began when the man fled from police in his vehicle.
After he fled, he was pursued by the Summersville Police Department, West Virginia State Police, and Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department. He was eventually spotted heading north in the southbound lanes of U.S. Route 19. His vehicle reportedly struck at least two others as he continued to evade law enforcement. The chase ended when the man’s vehicle collided head-on with a Summersville PD patrol car.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. The man was arrested and charged with fleeing while driving under the influence and DUI second offense.
At the time of this report, law enforcement was still investigating the incident.
What Are the Punishments for Getting Multiple DUIs in West Virginia?
The penalties for a first DUI are severe. The punishments for a second and third DUI are even worse. The following are the penalties for multiple DUIs in West Virginia:
- First DUI – Up to six months in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, and having license revoked for up to six months.
- Second DUI – Up to a year in jail, up to $3,000 in fines, and having license revoked for up to 10 years.
- Third DUI – Up to five years in jail, up to $5,000 in fines, and possibly having license revoked for life.
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