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Police: Man involved in W.Va. crash had blood-alcohol content of .248

Aaron Michael Santamaria has a previous DUI conviction

Aaron Michael Santamaria has a previous DUI conviction

December 29, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man who was convicted of driving under the influence in 2008 is accused of being intoxicated when he caused an accident Thanksgiving morning on Interstate 81, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Aaron Michael Santamaria, 29, of 163 Blair St. in Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon by Magistrate W. Randy Smith on charges of DUI causing injury, DUI second offense and driving while his license had been revoked for DUI, according to court records.

Santamaria was in a wheelchair when Smith arraigned him.

Santamaria was driving a Ford Escape south in the northbound lanes of I-81 near the Tabler Station Road exit when the vehicle collided head-on with a Subaru Forester driven by Michelle Landis of Warrensville, N.C., according to a complaint filed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy W.D. Christian and a previous department news release.

Deputies responded to the accident about 3:30 a.m. and I-81 northbound was closed for about 2 1/2 hours, according to police

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Santamaria and Landis both were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, and Landis was transferred to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., for treatment of her injuries, according to Christian's complaint.

Santamaria's blood-alcohol content was .248, well above the legal limit of .08, according to Christian's complaint.

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