Owner of local towing company arrested for third-offense driving while license revoked for DUI

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man was arrested earlier this week for allegedly driving while his license was revoked for DUI.

Eric M. Robinson, 38, of Buckhannon, was arrested Monday for driving while his license was suspended for DUI, third offense, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer patrolman Angel McCauley with the Buckhannon Police Department, on Monday, May 31, McCauley received a be-on-the-lookout bulletin from the E911 Upshur County Communication Center, stating Robinson was driving while suspended for DUI. Soon after, McCauley witnessed a Chevrolet bearing a registration matching Robinson’s traveling south on Route 20.

At McDonald’s, McCauley activated her blue lights to initiate a traffic stop, the file says. However, according to the report, Robinson did not pull over and continued to drive after she activated her sirens twice and her airhorn. Once the vehicle was in front of the Kroger parking lot, Robinson, later discovered to be the driver, allegedly turned into the lot and continued up the hill.

At that point in time, Robinson “came to a stop at his business in an attempt to not have his vehicle towed,” McCauley wrote in the report. According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website, Robinson is the owner of Eric’s Towing & Recovery, located in Skyline Plaza in Tennerton.

Robinson was arrested for driving while license suspended for DUI third offense. He had a prior conviction with a guilty plea for driving while license was suspended for DUI third offense in Upshur County March 28, 2014, the file says.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety by Upshur County Magistrate Mark Davis.

The penalty for a conviction of driving while license suspended for DUI third offense is confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than three years and in addition to a mandatory prison sentence, a fine of not less than $3,000 nor more than $5,000.

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