Arrest made after suspect rolls through sobriety checkpoint

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – An arrest was made after a subject failed to stop at a sobriety checkpoint in Marion County and was charged with fleeing while driving under the influence.

West Virginia State Police were operating the checkpoint in Fairmont on Speedway Avenue Friday when a blue Chevy Silverado advanced toward the checkpoint and failed to obey several commands and hand and arm signals to stop. The vehicle continued through the checkpoint without stopping.

Troopers were able to quickly locate and stop the blue Chevy Silverado driven by James Richter.

Troopers said when they made contact with Richter, they could smell the strong odor of alcohol, and Richter had slurred speech.

Police said Richter failed several field sobriety tests and provided a breath sample that indicated a blood alcohol content of.254 percent.

After about 20 minutes, troopers took a secondary breath sample that indicated a blood alcohol content of.204 percent.

Richter is being held in the North Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $75,012 bail.