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UPDATE: Former Jail Official Arrested Again, Charged with 2nd DUI

By: Anna Baxter, Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Anna Baxter, Cathleen Moxley Email

UPDATE 9/26/12 @ 10:55 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former jail official has been arrested again after police say they caught him drinking and driving.

Police say John Louis King II, 55, was spotted swerving on MacCorkle Avenue in South Charleston late Tuesday night. He also didn't have his headlights on.

King was pulled over and the officer smelled alcohol coming from the car, according to police. His speech was also slurred.

Police say King admitted to drinking five or six beers.

King was arraigned Wednesday morning and is now out of jail on bond.

He was also pulled over for DUI in April 2010. He later pleaded guilty and that's when he lost his job as Director of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.

King was hit with several charges Tuesday, including second-offense DUI and driving on a revoked license.

King was also charged with driving without his headlights on, not wearing a seatbelt and without proof of insurance.

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UPDATE 9/26/12 @ 10:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former jail official is in trouble with the law again.

John Louis King, II, 55, was arrested and charged early Wednesday morning.

King was charged with several charges, including second offense DUI and driving on a revoke license.

King was also driving without his headlights on, not wearing a seatbelt, and without proof of insurance.

King is at South Central Regional Jail.

He will be arraigned on the charges Wednesday morning.

King was arrested back in April 2010 on a DUI charge. He later pleaded guilty. That's when he lost his job with the state.

A judge sentenced him to pay a $500 fine, but he didn't get jail time. King also lost his license and was sentenced to attend alcohol treatment classes.

King was the director of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.

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UPDATE 3/12/12 @ 8:25 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former jail official pleaded guilty to a DUI charge on Monday.

John King has been charged twice for driving drunk -- but he only pleaded guilty to one DUI charge.

Under the plea agreement, the other DUI charged was dropped.

After his latest arrest in February, police said King was swerving all over the road. He failed a field sobriety test and his blood alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit.

King was also charged with DUI last April. That's when he lost his job with the state.

During his hearing Monday, the Kanawha County Magistrate sentenced King to pay a $500 fine, but he didn't get jail time. King also lost his license and will have to go through alcohol treatment classes.

King faced up to six months in jail on the one DUI charge.

King was the director of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.



UPDATE 2/2/12 @ 9:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former jail official at the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority is facing another DUI charge.

According to the criminal complaint, John King II was arrested along 6th Avenue in South Charleston early Thursday morning. Police say the officer pulled King over because he was swerving from side to side almost striking several parked cars.

The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol and found King with blood shot eyes and slurred speech, according to the complaint.

The officer performed a field sobriety test on King and the officer says he failed parts of all three tests. Then, the officer administered a preliminary breath test for alcohol on scene and found King's blood alcohol level at .191, according to the complaint. After King was taken to the police station, he registered a .185. That's more than two times the legal limit.

This is the second time King has been arrested on a DUI charge. Back in April, King was charged with aggravated DUI.

A hearing on the first DUI has been continued several times, but a new hearing is scheduled for February 28.

King was arraigned on the new charge Thursday morning in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. The magistrate set his bond at $500.

According to a spokesperson at the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, King is no longer an employee of the state.

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ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man whose job involves putting people behind bars found himself spending the night in his own jail.

According to the South Central Regional Jail web site, John King, was incarcerated at 3:39 a.m. Sunday.

Officials at the jail tell WSAZ.com that King is the deputy chief of operations.

They say he was brought in on aggravated DUI charges, and has since been released.

Joe DeLong, the executive director of the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, tells WSAZ.com King has been suspended without pay from his position.

DeLong says the agency will let the legal proceedings run their course before any other decisions will be made. The agency will also conduct its own internal investigation.

This is the agency's standard protocol when something like this happens, according to DeLong.

John Lopez will fulfill King's duties until this issue is resolved, according to DeLong.

Lopez is currently the Director of Programs in the central office. Lopez originally started in the operations division so DeLong says he has experience in this area.

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