Snow plow driver hit with DUI in W. Va.

Thomas Henderson
CBS affiliate WVNS

KEYSTONE, W.Va. - A West Virginia Department of Transportation worker faces charges of driving a state snow plow while drunk.

The McDowell County Sheriff's Department says Thomas Henderson, 56, of Elkhorn was arrested late Wednesday during a traffic stop on Burke Mountain near Keystone.

A criminal complaint says a deputy stopped the plow because the driver's side headlight was out. The deputy claims to have smelled alcohol and noticed that Henderson’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

The sheriff's department says Henderson's blood alcohol level was 0.09. That's more than twice the state's legal limit of 0.04 for commercial driver's license holders.

DOT spokeswoman Carrie Bly confirmed Henderson is employed by the department. She says the DOT can't comment because it's an ongoing legal matter.