Reported road-rage incident leads to arrest of Hedgesville, W.Va., man

August 16, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A reported road-rage incident early Friday morning led to the arrest of a Hedgesville, W.Va., man whose vehicle crashed into the Hedgesville Elementary School playground, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Kenneth P. Yeakley Jr., 46, of Turquoise Drive was later arraigned on single counts of driving under the influence with injury, reckless driving and destruction of property, court records said.

Trooper M.C. Morgan of the West Virginia State Police said in a complaint filed against Yeakley that the defendant’s vehicle, a Ford F-150 truck, was found resting against a wrecked swing set in the school’s playground after he responded to investigate the incident about 4:30 a.m.

A guardrail and a fire hydrant were broken, and a fence was also damaged, Morgan said in the complaint.

A man told police that the driver of the pickup truck rammed his vehicle three to four times, the last time being at the stoplight in Hedgesville. The victim said he first saw the truck in the middle of Back Creek Valley Road, with its hazard lights on, when he pulled out of his driveway to go to work, the records said.

The man told police he was able to get the Hedgesville 7-Eleven convenience store and ran inside, where another customer said the second vehicle was stuck at the school,  records said.

Aside from the playground, the school along Schoolhouse Drive near Hedgesville Road, also W.Va. 9, was not affected by the incident and will open for the first day of classes Monday, school district spokeswoman Elaine Bobo said Friday.

The defendant told Morgan that he had been drinking three or four beers while at his restaurant. The concentration of alcohol in the defendant’s blood at 6:06 a.m. was measured at .166, records said.

The state’s legal limit is .08.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies assisted state police with the incident, records said.

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