An employee of the West Virginia Department of Transportation could face charges of driving a state snowplow while intoxicated.
Thomas Keith Henderson of Elkhorn was arrested in McDowell County during a traffic stop on Burke Mountain near Keystone. According to the criminal complaint, a law enforcement official stopped the snowplow due to the fact that the driver’s side headlight was not working. The deputy then allegedly smelled alcohol and noted that Henderson’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy. Henderson was arrested and transported to the McDowell County Holding Unit to await arraignment.
Later, the sheriff’s department stated that Henderson’s blood alcohol level was 0.9, or more than twice the 0.4 legal limit for holders of a commercial driver’s license. Henderson was arraigned before McDowell County Magistrate Steve Cox and later paid a bond of $500 for release. So far the Department of Transportation has not commented due to it being an ongoing legal matter.