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Trial scheduled for 48-year-old man charged with drunken driving in death of Inwood, W.Va. man

November 04, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The trial for a 48-year-old man charged with drunken driving in the May 2011 death of Harry Lee Franks Jr. of Inwood, W.Va., was scheduled Friday for Feb. 14 by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh.

David W. McDaniel, of 1545 Sulphur Springs Road, Inwood, was indicted last month on single counts of DUI with death, driving revoked for DUI and no proof of insurance.

McDaniel pleaded not guilty to the charges when he was arraigned Friday morning. Attorney B. Craig Manford is representing McDaniel.

Police have said McDaniel's blood-alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit after the crash happend in the 2100 block of Arden Nollville Road on May 9, according to court documents.

Franks, 46, of 151 Franks Road, was killed and McDaniel was injured when the pickup truck in which they were riding overturned, police have said.

Franks was pronounced dead at the scene. McDaniel was treated for minor injuries at City Hospital, police have said.

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.

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