Last updated: April 11. 2014 1:38AM - 2364 Views
Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com



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Two people have been charged recently with hit and run accidents.


On April 1, Logan County Sheriff Deputy M.B. Carter responded to a call from 911 about a silver Dodge Neon that had hit a male in the parking lot of the Exxon station in Justice Addition.


As he was on his way to the scene, Carter passed the Neon in West Logan. He made a turn and made a traffic stop on the vehicle at the Family Dollar in Aracoma.


As he approached the vehicle, Carter noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the breath of the driver, Keith Alvis Vance, 39, of Chapmanville. Carter performed three sobriety field tests on Vance, which he failed. After transporting Vance to the sheriff’s department, Vance reportedly blew a .099 on the intoximeter.


Following up his investigation, Carter found that Vance had backed his vehicle into a male and pinned him between the Neon and a parked van. Vance allegedly fled the scene without rendering aid or giving any information.


Carter was also informed that Vance had been charged with DUI and driving while suspended/revoked for DUI and convicted of both charges.


Vance was charged with no insurance, leaving scene of accident, driver’s license revoked for DUI, DUI causing personal injury and DUI (2nd offense). His bail was set at $15,000.


• The second hit and run occurred on April 6 in the parking lot of Logan Regional Medical Center. In that incident, a 1998 Chevrolet K1500 red pickup truck driven by Kathy Marie Bryant, 37, of Holden, was observed trying to back out of a parking spot when she hit a blue Chevy Cruz and a grey Saturn. The witness stated that the pickup truck fled the scene.


Bryant did return to the scene where she was stopped by W.Va. State Trooper Nick Boothe. Boothe noticed that Bryant’s speech was erratic and nervous and that her eyes were glassy. Bryant admitted to driving the truck. Boothe administered a field sobriety test which Bryant failed. She reportedly admitted that she had taken her prescribed medicine of Xanax and Neurotiin, as well as other medication.


A license check on Bryant revealed that her license was revoked for an active DUI and a criminal history check showed that she had a previous conviction for DUI and a pending driving revoked for DUI charge.


Bryant was charged with destruction of property, leaving scene of accident, reckless driving, driver’s license revoked for DUI and DUI. Her bail was set at $5,000.


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Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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