Finance director Douglas E. Life, 54, 2315 Belmont Road, Parkersburg, was charged with aggravated DUI following a single-vehicle accident about 5:42 p.m. Sunday near West Virginia 95 and Interstate 77, said Sgt. Greg Collins with the Parkersburg Police Department.
An accident investigation determined that Life was driving east on W.Va. 95 when he lost control of his 2006 Chevy truck, ran off the roadway and struck multiple street signs and a concrete structure which supports I-77. The truck sustained considerable damage in the accident, Collins said.
Life was given three field sobriety tests at the scene, allegedly failing all of them, Collins said. He was taken into custody and transported to the Wood County Holding Center where he allegedly tested 0.165 on the Intoximeter, more than twice the legal limit.
Life was transported by an officer to Camden Clark Medical Center for precautionary medical evaluation, which is often required following traffic accidents, prior to incarceration, Collins said.
The West Virginia Department of Highways inspected the concrete structure and advised there was no damage.
When contacted Sunday evening, Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell said he will be making a decision in the next couple of days regarding Life’s status as finance director.