Former Martinsburg High football star faces charges

October 19, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Former Martinsburg High School football standout Brandon Barrett was charged over the weekend with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana after police pulled his car over for erratic driving, court records state.

Barrett, 19, of 111 Centre St., Martinsburg, was arraigned on the two misdemeanor charges and released on $5,000 bond. He asked that an attorney be appointed to represent him, records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court state.

Barrett was twice named West Virginia's Gatorade Player of the Year and was one of six wide receivers named to the Parade All-America team his senior season.


He also was named the state's Kennedy Award winner two years in a row. The Kennedy Award is the highest honor a high school football player can receive. Other winners have included Randy Moss, who is now a receiver with the Minnesota Vikings.

Barrett's photograph and a brief biography appeared in Sports Illustrated in the magazine's "Faces in the Crowd" section.

Barrett also played basketball at Martinsburg High School.

Barrett's arrest

Barrett was pulled over Saturday by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman W.A. Parks. According to a criminal complaint, Parks spotted a Toyota turning right from Buxton Street onto Raleigh Street.

Parks pulled the car over at 3:23 a.m. on Wilson Street after the driver hit a curb while turning and "was swerving from side to side," records state.

When Parks walked up to the vehicle to speak to the driver - identified as Barrett - he noticed that Barrett's breath smelled strongly of alcohol, police allege.

After being asked to hand over his driver's license, registration and proof of insurance, Barrett "was extremely lethargic while looking for the information, and was fumbling with the paperwork. He was unable to produce a driver's license, and only produced a registration card," Parks wrote in his complaint.

Barrett then was unsteady while getting out of his car and staggered while walking to the back of the car, records state.

Parks asked Barrett to perform four field sobriety tests. He failed an eye test, Parks wrote, in which he was told to keep his eyes focused on a moving object.

During the one-leg standing test, he repeatedly placed his foot on the ground and raised his arms for balance, Parks wrote. During the walk-and-turn test, Barrett failed to touch his heel to his toe and raised his arms to steady himself, police said.

He also failed a preliminary breath test and refused to take a second breath test, police said. He refused to speak further to officers after he was read his rights, records indicate.

Before putting Barrett into the back seat of a police car, Parks searched him and found 3 grams of marijuana in a small plastic bag inside of Barrett's left shoe, police said.

Barrett did not answer his phone Monday.

Martinsburg High School football coach David Walker declined to comment when reached at his home Monday night.

Barrett finished his high school football career with 253 receptions for 4,717 yards and a state-record 74 touchdown receptions. He scored 88 touchdowns in all for the Bulldogs, who were 45-7 and made two trips to the state finals in Barrett's four years.

Conviction on a charge of DUI carries a sentence of 24 hours to six months in jail, while conviction on a charge of possession of marijuana carries a sentence of 90 days to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

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