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Two Martinsburg accidents result in DUI charges

January 29, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Pennsylvania woman and a Frederick, Md., man who wrecked within about 100 feet of each other at about the same time early Monday were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to magistrate court records.

Eiliana Medina, 25, of Harrisburg was released from custody after she was arraigned on charges of failure to maintain control and DUI with injury, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Troy Anthony Brammah, 33, was in Eastern Regional Jail on Monday night on a $20,000 bond set by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on charges of DUI third offense and driving revoked for DUI, according to court records.

According to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper Z.L. Nine, the woman wrecked her red Chrysler Sebring just before 4 a.m. while driving south on Sulphur Springs Road about a mile from W.Va. 51. She told the officer she had seven shots of Hennessy cognac earlier in the day, according to the complaint.

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Nine said the woman failed two sobriety tests and refused to take a third, according to the officer's complaint.

A chemical breath test conducted at the state police barrack in Martinsburg indicated the level of alcohol in her blood (.085) exceeded the state limit of .08, Nine said.

The seriousness of injuries received by a female passenger in Medina's car when it flipped was not immediately clear.

According to a complaint filed by Trooper J.R. Barker, Brammah wrecked a maroon Ford Explorer into a ditch after driving around the other accident site.

The man denied that he was the driver when Barker arrived to investigate, but Nine later told Barker that he specifically told Brammah that he would not be able to drive "through the (accident) scene," according to Barker's complaint.

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