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Children in back seat of truck pulled over by police on I-81

February 26, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police found three small children — scared, crying and cold — in the back seat of a truck Monday night that was driven by their father, who is accused of fleeing from a Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputy while under the influence of alcohol, according to county magistrate court records.

Michael Blair Winslow of 466 Bentley Drive, Inwood, W.Va., was arraigned Tuesday by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on single counts of fleeing while DUI, domestic battery, obstructing, unauthorized use of a vehicle and battery on an officer, according to court documents.

Winslow, 27, was stopped by Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy Morris Stewart south of the Interstate 81 exit for Inwood, W.Va., about 10:35 p.m., according to court documents.

The deputy said he attempted to the stop the truck that Winslow was driving for about two miles, beginning at the man’s residence, according to court documents.

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Once stopped, police said the driver jumped out of his truck and stood in the middle of Interstate 81, forcing at least two other motorists to swerve to avoid crashing, according to court documents.

The driver was shot with a stun gun by police to get him to comply with orders, according to court documents.

Sheriff’s Deputy Ralph Pierce said the concentration of alcohol in Winslow’s blood was .138 at 11:13 p.m., according to court documents. The state legal limit is .08.

The children asked whether their parents were OK and then later said they were cold in the vehicle and wanted their grandmother, according to court documents.

Police said the defendant admitted to drinking Jagermeister and Red Bull earlier that evening, according to court documents.

— Matthew Umstead

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