Police: Man left scene of Stony Run wreck because of revoked license due to DUI convictions

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man who allegedly left the scene of a Stony Run Road wreck because he had a suspended driver’s license due to several prior DUI convictions was arrested Thursday.

A capias had been issued for Daniel T. Dunlavy, 30, of Buckhannon, who was arrested April 15 for third-offense driving revoked for DUI, a felony, and leaving the scene of an accident with damage, a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Trooper First Class P.J. Robinette with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, on March 13, 2021 at approximately 8:48 a.m., Robinette responded to a call for service in reference to a motor vehicle crash on Stony Run Road. Upon arrival, Robinette saw a black Ford Edge in a ditch on the northern roadway edge of Stony Run Road. It was reportedly unoccupied.

According to the complaint, Dunlavy was identified as the driver of the vehicle, which was owned by his grandmother. Dunlavy allegedly admitted to wrecking the vehicle because he fell asleep while traveling on Stony Run Road and told police he did not remain on scene out of fear of being arrested because of his driver’s license status, the file says.

His license had been revoked for multiple DUI convictions, with the most recent revocation date effective Feb. 19, 2019, according to the file. The report says Dunlavy also had two prior driving revoked DUI convictions with dates of Feb. 15, 2019 and Aug. 30, 2019.

Magistrate Mark Davis set bail at $5,300 cash only.

The penalty for a conviction of third-offense driving revoked for DUI is confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than three years and a fine of not less than $3,000 nor more than $5,000. The penalty for leaving the scene of a wreck with damage is a fine of not more than $100 or confinement for not more than 10 days. Dunlavy remained incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of Friday evening.

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