Man arrested for driving revoked after crashing into Phillips Dairy Road residence

BUCKHANNON – A Walkersville man was recently arrested after allegedly crashing into a residence on the Phillips Dairy Road, at which time police realized there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Eric Richards, 37, was arrested for two counts of driving while license revoked for DUI, third offense, a felony. According to criminal complaints in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Deputy Joseph Barcus with the Upshur County Sheriff’s office, on Thursday, June 25 at approximately 11:55 p.m. Lieutenant M.W. Powers and Barcus were notified of a single-vehicle crash on Philips Dairy Road in Buckhannon.

According to the report, the caller said the vehicle crashed into a residence. Upon arriving at the scene, Powers found Richards, who said he was the only one driving the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was determined Richards had an active warrant for driving revoked for DUI third offense, a felony. Richards was then placed under arrest for the warrant and was also charged with another count of driving revoked for DUI third offense.

The file says Barcus confirmed Richard’s driver’s license was revoked for DUI with an effective date of Feb. 23, 2015; the complaint also states Richards has two prior convictions in West Virginia, dated Feb. 11, 2016 and March 27, 2018.

The above-mentioned warrant stems from another driving-related offense.

Bail was set at $20,000.

If convicted, Richards faces confinement in the penitentiary for not less than one nor more than three years and a fine ranging between $3,000 and $5,000 each.

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