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Barrett enters pleas of innocence

October 20, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Former Martinsburg High School football standout Brandon Barrett pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana that had been filed against him over the weekend, according to his attorney.

Barrett, 19, of 111 Centre St., Martinsburg, also waived his right to appear in Magistrate Court on the charges and will allow his attorneys, Kevin D. Mills and Harley O. Wagner, to appear on his behalf, according to a news release from the Martinsburg law firm of Mills & Wagner.

A hearing date for the charges had not been scheduled by Tuesday afternoon.

"It is important to note that Brandon has never been in trouble with the law and like all citizens is presumed to be innocent of the charge filed," the news release states.

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Barrett also issued a statement, which was included in the release.

"This is a wake up call for me about making mature personal decisions of where I go and who I associate with in my personal life," Barrett said, according to the release.

"I will face this situation and make any changes necessary to avoid any future problems that reflect poorly on my family, my school and my personal reputation," Barrett said in the release.

Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman W.A. Parks pulled over Barrett's car on Wilson Street at 3:23 a.m. Saturday after Barrett hit a curb while making a right turn and was swerving, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Barrett failed four field sobriety tests, including a preliminary breath test, and refused to take a secondary chemical test known as an Intoxilyzer, records allege.

After he was taken into custody for DUI, Parks searched Barrett and found 3 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag in one of Barrett's shoes, records allege.

Barrett, a two-time West Virginia high school football player of the year, signed a letter of intent to play football for West Virginia University, but was ruled academically ineligible to play this season, according to The Associated Press.

He was enrolled as a student without an athletic scholarship available to cover his costs, the AP reported.

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.

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