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Inwood, W.Va., man arraigned Friday on one felony count of DUI with death

June 12, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The blood-alcohol level of a man charged last month with drunken driving in the death of Harry Lee Franks Jr. of Inwood, W.Va., was more than four times the legal limit, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

David Wayne McDaniel, 48, of 1545 Sulphur Springs Road, Inwood, W.Va., was arraigned Friday on one felony count of DUI with death, and misdemeanor counts of driving revoked for DUI and no insurance by Magistrate Harry L. Snow, according to court records.

Franks, 46, of 151 Franks Road, was killed and McDaniel was injured when the pickup truck they were riding in on May 9 overturned in the 2100 block of Arden Nollville Road, police have said.

Franks was pronounced dead at the scene.

McDaniel was treated for minor injuries at City Hospital, according to a complaint filed in magistrate court by West Virginia State Police Trooper B.D. French.

McDaniel’s blood-alcohol concentration at the time he was being treated at the hospital was .336, according to court documents. The legal limit is .08.

McDaniel, in an interview with police, allegedly admitted that he consumed several beers and whiskey over a three- to four-hour span at a bar before the crash happened.

Police responded to investigate at 3:21 a.m., according to court documents. The men were riding in a Ford F-150, which went off the road, entered a ditch and overturned, police have said. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels.

— Matthew Umstead

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