Authorities say a Putnam County man who struck two vehicles while driving the wrong way on Interstate 79 over the weekend had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit.
Kevin Joseph Allen, 36, of Brendenwood Acres, was arrested Sunday after crashing his pickup into a concrete barrier.
He was heading south on Interstate 79 and left the highway at the Mink Shoals exit, only to return to the highway traveling north in the southbound lanes, according to a criminal complaint.
State Police Trooper J.S. Pauley met up with Kanawha Lt. J.S. Elkins and Deputy T.J. Cumberledge to assist with the investigation.
Witnesses said the pickup first struck a 2008 Honda Civic driven by Tyler Itnyre of Jefferson, Md., left the scene of that crash and then struck a 2002 Hyundai.
Shana Ratliff was driving the Hyundai and had Brian Pauley as a passenger, the trooper said. Both were taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital.
Itnyre, a student at the University of Charleston, was not injured in the crash.
Allen's vehicle was immobilized when he struck a concrete barrier further up the road. Pauley noted Allen had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath as he spoke to him and his speech was slurred. Allen also couldn't maintain his balance and needed help standing and walking.
A breath test showed his blood alcohol content was .318, nearly four times the legal limit of .08. A check of his license also showed he was convicted of driving under the influence in 2008 and had a pending DUI charge from January 2013.
He was charged with felony third-offense DUI, two counts of DUI causing bodily injury, DUI with a blood alcohol content over .15, reckless driving, two counts of leaving the scene with property damage and failure to obey traffic control.
He is being held at South Central Regional Jail on $20,000 bond.