A Pennsylvania man is behind bars after police say he wrecked the truck he was driving, killing his girlfriend.
According to the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, this happened shortly before noon Sunday on Interstate 70, eastbound in Ohio County.
The Sheriff’s Department along with the West Virginia State police responded to the accident where they saw two men and a large truck rolled over on it’s passenger side facing the opposite direction of travel. Officers on scene say they could see debris thrown from the truck in a large area in front of and behind it. Police also saw the victim trapped under the passenger side of the truck.
Police also observed what appeared to be a whiskey bottle in the cab of the truck.
The driver identified himself as Andrew James Beal. He told officers he was driving and didn’t know what happened and that his passenger was his girlfriend, Ashley Jones.
Officers contacted EMS while the Beal was put into a cruiser.
Crews arrived on scene and removed the truck from on top of the victim to begin trying to save her but Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police noted that they did smell the presence of alcohol on Beal. A friend of Beal’s that arrived on scene told police they had been “parting the night before” and did not sleep until early in the morning.
Police questioned Beal who told them he hadn’t had any alcohol that morning. He was given a preliminary breath test which brought up a BAC of .151. A second test showed a result of BAC .101.
Beal was arrested for DUI causing death. Beal said he had not been drinking that day but did drink the night before and into the morning.
He was taken to OVMC to be checked out and was released. He was arraigned by Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe on a $250,000 bond and transported to Northern Regional Jail.
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