CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A local conservative radio host and former pastor is again facing a drunken driving charge.
Mike Agnello, 61, was arrested early Sunday in Charleston after a traffic stop, Lt. Preston Hickman said. The arrest was recorded at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, he said.
Agnello, who hosts "58 Live" 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. weeknights on 58 WCHS radio, has again been taken off the air following this recent arrest, according to the station's website.
Patrolman M.Z. Blackledge spotted a blue Ford Focus touch the centerline on Summers Street and then turn right onto Kanawha Boulevard from the left-turn lane, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
The officer stopped the car near the intersection of Court and Quarrier streets. He identified Agnello as the driver and noted the odor of alcohol. Blackledge asked Agnello how many alcoholic beverages he'd had, to which he responded "a few," according to the complaint.
A breath test recorded Agnello's blood alcohol content as .194, more than twice the legal limit.
Agnello was convicted on a DUI charge in 2009. In June 2010, he was terminated from the station after a series of "off-air" incidents, including a domestic battery charge that was later dropped.
He returned to the airwaves in July 2011. At the time, station General Manager Mike Buxser said Agnello deserved a second chance and that he looked forward to having his "fiery personality" back on the air.
When reached at home Sunday, Buxser said it was a personnel matter and that he couldn't comment. He referred a reporter to his comments in stories on the radio station's website.