On Tuesday, November 25 at about 10:30pm, SAPD received a call regarding a White Jeep Cherokee having struck several cars in the 600 block of Washington Street in St. Albans, then drove away. Officers received a possible license plate from the caller and a direction of travel which was east on Kanawha Terrace.
A call for a leaving the scene from a second crash in the intersection of Walnut Street and Kanawha Terrace was received moments later. That report indicated also a white Jeep Cherokee left the scene of that crash also and continued east on Kanawha Terrace. In checking the area, a fluid trail was discovered and followed on to Green Valley Drive to Whispering Oaks trailer park. While there, Sergeant P. A. Bass located a light silver Jeep Cherokee with consistent damage from a crash and a license plate one digit off what was given by the first call. The same color paint from the vehicles struck appeared to have been transferred to this Jeep.
In the Jeep, a male was in the driver’s seat apparently passed out. He was awakened and when asked to step from the car, he was unsteady while standing and walking. His speech was also slurred. When asked if he’d been drinking, he responded, “I’m drunk.” He failed three field sobriety tests and was arrested. While at SAPD, he consented to an Intoximeter test where the result was .204%
The driver was Wyatt A. Bennett (20 yoa from St. Albans). He was charged through St. Albans Municipal Court with Aggravated DUI, 3 counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and No Proof on Insurance. He was taken to the South Central Regional Jail pending bond.