DUI arrest follows crash

By Owen Wells - [email protected]

LOGAN, W.Va. — A resident of Madison, W.Va. was arrested recently after she allegedly drove while intoxicated causing her to flip her truck into a Logan County creek.

Deputy Coty Crum, with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, reports he responded to the call for a single vehicle crash along Rt. 17.

When he arrived on the scene, Crum notes he saw Trena Louis Epling, 45, of Madison, in the creek with her vehicle.

Epling reportedly stated she had lost control of the truck and flipped the vehicle off of the road and into the creek.

The criminal complaint filed by Crum explains, “The defendant admitted to having taken a Suboxone strip…before crashing the vehicle.

Crum adds he noticed a small white package tucked between Epling’s shirt and bra.

Crum states he asked Epling to remove the package which turned out to be an unopened Suboxone wrapper.

Epling reportedly proceeded to fail the horizontal gaze nystagmus field sobriety test and refused the walk-and-turn and one-legged stand tests because of pain.

After checking, Epling’s information, it was reportedly discovered her license was expired and she had a prior conviction for driving under the influence in Boone County.

Epling was then transferred to Logan Regional Medical Center for a blood specimen kit.

Epling is charged with failure to maintain control, second-offense DUI, possession of a schedule three controlled substance and expired operators.

Her bail was set to $5,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.

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Criminal complaints are public information and any charges contained therein are merely accusations. Anyone accused of a crime should be considered innocent until they are proven guilty.

By Owen Wells

[email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]


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