Deputies: Woman driving impaired crashes, killing passenger

Published: Mar. 20, 2019 at 3:14 PM EDT
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A woman from Logan County is facing serious charges after allegedly driving while impaired and crashing, killing the passenger in the truck.

Logan County Sheriff's deputies responded to a car accident around 7 p.m. Tuesday. It was a single vehicle crash on Huff Creek Road.

When deputies arrived, Amber Jude, 35, of Mallory, was being treated at the scene by Logan County EMS. First responders were also treating Melanie Boothe, 33, of Cyclone.

Jude told investigators the pair was heading towards Wyoming County when she passed out behind the wheel. She ran off the road at some point. The truck hit a telephone pole, splitting the pole in half.

Deputies say Boothe was thrown from the vehicle. Air Evac Lifeteam flew Boothe to a hospital for treatment. She died from her injuries around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday according to the sheriff's department.

Officers found two small baggies inside the vehicle. They believe marijuana was inside one and meth was inside the other. However, investigators sent the drugs to the West Virginia State Police lab in South Charleston for testing.

Shortly after the accident, Deputy Bryan Ratliff arrested Jude.

Jude is charged with possession of a controlled substance, DUI causing death, driving on a suspended/revoked license for DUI, and failure to maintain control.

The suspect is in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond.