CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former state official who lost his job last year after a DUI arrest has been arrested and charged again with driving under the influence.
John Louis King II, 55, of South Charleston has been arrested twice before on charges of drunken driving – once in April 2011 and again this February.
South Charleston Police Cpl. J.F. Amburgey began following King Tuesday night after he allegedly pulled onto MacCorkle Avenue in his Pontiac sedan without his headlights on. Amburgey wrote in a complaint that King was also driving below the speed limit and was swerving.
After pulling King over, Amburgey said he immediately noticed the odor of alcohol on his breath. He asked King if he had been drinking, to which King allegedly replied, "Yes" and then said, "I'm just trying to get home," the complaint said.
King gave the officer only an identification card and could not produce the vehicle's registration or his insurance information. Amburgey later found King's license was revoked for DUI.
King was slurring his speech and "constantly wavering back and forth," Amburgey wrote in his complaint. King also told the officer he consumed five or six beers in the last hour.
He told the officer he had been drinking at the Overtime Lounge in South Charleston.
A breath test at the police station recorded his blood alcohol content at .173. The legal limit is .08.
In the April 2011 incident, King was arrested after being found sitting in his vehicle, which was parked in his driveway, with the engine still running. His blood alcohol content in that incident was .239.
King was director of operations for the jail authority for "many, many years," Joe DeLong, Regional Jail Authority executive director, said at the time of the April arrest. King was suspended without pay after the arrest and later permanently replaced.
He was arrested again in February after nearly striking several parked cars on Sixth Avenue in South Charleston. Police recorded his blood alcohol content at .191 after that incident.
King pleaded guilty in March to the February DUI. In exchange, the aggravated DUI from April 2011 was dismissed.
In Tuesday's offense, he was charged with DUI, driving with a license revoked for DUI, driving without proof of insurance, driving without registration, driving without seatbelts and driving without headlights.
He was free on bond Wednesday afternoon.