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Guardsman arrested while jogging near Martinsburg schools was drunk, prosecutor says

Preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 29

August 23, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A West Virginia man was drunk when he was arrested Monday near two schools while running in desert camouflage with an AR-15 training rifle, Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Thursday.

William Everett Alemar’s blood-alcohol content was 0.213 percent, Games-Neely said. The state legal limit for motorists is 0.08 percent.

Alemar, 23, of Martinsburg, was charged with committing a terroristic act and wearing body armor while committing a felony offense, according to police and court records.

West Virginia National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. David Lester said Monday that Alemar is a member of the Virginia National Guard based in Woodstock, Va. Alemar was deployed to Iraq from July 1 to Dec. 6, 2011, and was assigned to Task Force 183 for convoy security duty.

Police discovered after they arrested Alemar that the gun he was carrying fires pellets, not live rounds. Alemar told police he was jogging.

Alemar was being held on $50,000 cash-only bond at Eastern Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 29 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to court documents.

Alemar is charged with violating a state law covering acts that are likely to result in serious bodily injury or intended to intimidate or coerce the civilian population. If convicted, he faces as many as three years in prison and as much as $25,000 in fines, according to state code.

Alemar could get another two to 10 years if convicted of a charge of wearing body armor while committing a felony offense.

Defense attorney Christopher Barnhart, in a notice of appearance filed Tuesday in magistrate court, formally entered a not guilty plea to the charges on behalf of Alemar.

Alemar’s father, Stephen Alemar, told The Herald-Mail on Monday that his son graduated from Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., and enlisted with the Army National Guard after he was unable to get into the United States Naval Academy.

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