West Virginia Supreme Court: Driving Under the Influence on Private Property Illegal

November 4, 2016

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that driving under the influence on private property is a crime.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Supreme Court’s 4-1 ruling last week reversed a Monroe County circuit judge’s interpretation of DUI statues.

Chief Justice Menis Ketchum wrote in the majority opinion that DUI laws apply to every physical boundary of the state.

The court also ruled that people driving under the influence on private property can have their driver’s licenses taken away.

The case stemmed from a 2012 accident in which a man crashed while driving an ATV under the influence in a field owned by his family.

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