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Children injured in Berkeley Co., W.Va. crash

dad charged with DUI

October 10, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three children were injured early Sunday when their father wrecked a Chevrolet Astro in which they were riding while he allegedly was driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Sabino Antonio Gonzalez, of 575 Myers Bridge Road in Berkeley County, was in Eastern Regional Jail on Tuesday after being arraigned on charges of DUI third offense, child neglect with injury, improper registration, no insurance and false information to a police officer, according to court and jail records. Magistrate Jim Humphrey set a $21,000 bond for Gonzalez.

"None of the children (ages 3, 5 and 7) were restrained in child safety seats" and they were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., for treatment of injuries, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper G.D. Simms.

The accident in the 700 block of Blairton Road was reported just after midnight, Simms said in his complaint. When he arrived at the scene, Simms said the driver indicated he didn't have a driver's license, and he failed three field sobriety tests.

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Simms said in his complaint that the driver refused to provide the officer with his full name and claimed he didn't have a date of birth or a Social Security number.

Simms also said he determined that the registration attached to the vehicle did not belong to it.

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