Mike Wilbur

WV VOLUNTEER ARRESTED FOR DUI – STRIKING POLICE OFFICER

An East Bank volunteer firefighter was charged with DUI Tuesday morning after deputies say he responded to a call in his personal car while drunk and hit a deputy’s cruiser at the scene.

David McGuire, 28, of East Bank is charged with DUI.

Cpl. Stephanie Adams was responding early Tuesday to an unattended death call on Ferry Street. A black Ford Focus backed down the street and struck the passenger side of the parked cruiser while she was sitting inside, according to the criminal complaint.

Deputies said McGuire is a firefighter at the East Bank Volunteer Fire Department and lives on Ferry Street. They said he showed up to the scene in his personal car to see if anyone needed help after seeing emergency vehicles there.

While talking to McGuire following the crash, Adams said she could detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and that he also had glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

“When I asked Mr. McGuire to exit the vehicle, he became belligerent, argumentative and aggressive. Mr. McGuire was unsteady on his feet and had to be assisted to my cruiser to he would not fall down,” Adams wrote in the criminal complaint.
Deputies said McGuire failed a series of field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol content level was 0.163 percent.

McGuire was taken to the South Central Regional Jail and arraigned by Magistrate Mike Sisson. Bond was set at $5,000 property or $500 cash.

A call for comment to the East Bank Volunteer Fire Department was not answered Tuesday morning.

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