Wheeling, W.Va. (WTRF)- A Wheeling man has been arrested and is facing several criminal charges after striking and injuring maintenance workers late this morning on Mount deChantal Road.
Around 11:10 a.m. police were notified that a state highway worker was hit by a vehicle and was taken to Wheeling Hospital by a third party. When police responded to the area, witnesses told officers they were able to identify the make and model of the vehicle, which helped police find the driver and suspected vehicle in the 2100 block of Main Street.
Police believe Brandon Lamont Womack, 35 of Wheeling started operating a vehicle without permission in the Elm Grove area of the city, where he struck several signs on the Interstate 70 westbound on-ramp, and proceeded driving under the influence for several miles.
Police say he continued driving west on I-70 and onto Mount deChantal Road where he struck a maintenance worker.
Officials also say he went on to strike another vehicle near Perkins and then struck and damaged a parking meter in Center Wheeling
Womack was arrested by Wheeling Police officers and is facing the following misdemeanor charges:
- DUI with Bodily Injury
- Driving Revoked DUI
- Crash Involving a Personal Injury
- Leaving the Scene
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
- Striking a Fixture
Following the incident, West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Byrd White and Deputy Secretary Jimmy Wriston, P.E. issued statements:
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with both of our dedicated employees and their families,” Secretary White said. “But, incidents like these are unacceptable. Our crews are working hard, day and night, to make sure West Virginians can get where they need to be safely. All we ask is that you give our employees that safety in return. Many, if not all, of these work zone accidents can be avoided if drivers pay attention, slow down, and move over when possible.”
“Our employees who were injured were on a patching crew, and that’s often thankless work because no matter how much they patch, there is always more to do” Deputy Secretary Wriston said. “We recognize how hard they work, appreciate them tremendously, and we’re proud of them. It’s not easy work at all, and they do it year-round. We have good people working for the West Virginia Division of Highways, all across the state.”
With work continuing in all 55 counties, the WVDOH reminds drivers, “Heads up; phones down!” to keep each other safe.
Additionally, Womack is facing two outstanding warrants. The first is for failure to appear on a domestic battery charge. The second is for violation of a protective order, 2nd offense.
Womack is currently in police custody. The maintenance workers injured were treated for non-life threatening injures and were released from the hospital.