Embattled Pratt Mayor Faces DUI Charges
A West Virginia mayor who last year refused to resign despite being arrested for possession of prescription drugs, again faces criminal charges for DUI.
Police said Pratt Mayor Gary Fields was charged with driving under the influence after another driver called 911 to report that his vehicle was driving erratically around Chesapeake.
According to reports, police observed a truck being driven by Fields cross the yellow line and then swerve back into the correct lane. He reportedly crossed the center line two more times before being pulled over by an officer.
While Fields told police he had not been drinking, he admitted taking Lortab, Neurontin and Klonopin – pills for which he has a prescription. Field sobriety tests were administered to Fields, who police said was using a cane. During one test, he nearly fell over.
After conferring with a drug recognition expert with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, Fields was charged with DUI of controlled substances.
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