MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — UPDATE 2/5/18 @ 5:45 p.m.
A Mason County Sheriff's deputy is under investigation after troopers say he slammed an SUV into a home. According to court documents, Deputy Jason Gilley was driving drunk.
A patrol vehicle remains at Gilley’s home on Monday afternoon, more than 36 hours after troopers say he backed into a garage at a house party about 3 miles away.
The blue tarp covers the hole where investigators say Gilley did major damage to both the structure and a car inside at a home on Sandhill Road, just before midnight Saturday.
David Gardner lives about three doors down from where it happened.
"Couldn't believe it, really,” Gardner said. “He's always been a good guy to me."
Gardner heard the news on Sunday from the WSAZ mobile app.
On Monday afternoon, no one came to the door where the incident happened on Sandhill Road, nor at Gilley's home.
According to court documents, when troopers arrived, they found several deputies on scene and Gilley smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.
He refused multiple field sobriety tests at the scene. After repeatedly asking, the trooper got a BAC test from Gilley more than 35 minutes later at the police department in Point Pleasant. The results came back at .165, more than twice the legal limit.
Gardner is a bus driver, who says he's never seen a drunk driver, but said the possibility makes him nervous.
"Especially going down Route 2, that's my biggest fear."
Gardner said it’s “insane” knowing his wife and three kids could have been on the road or that someone who makes DUI arrests could get one himself.
Still, he's known Gilley more than 20 years and adds everybody makes mistakes and hopes he can get counseling.
"I hope he can keep his job,” Gardner said. “I think he does a real good job."
Gilley faces one misdemeanor count of aggravated DUI, which brings a max penalty of six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
Mason County Sheriff Greg Powers tells us he is conducting his own internal investigation. But he would not say what Gilley's current status is with the department and would not comment further.
UPDATE 2/4/18 @ 4:07 p.m.
We're learning new information following the arrest and charging of a sheriff's deputy from Mason County Saturday night.
The West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ the arrest of Deputy Jason Gilley, 35, of Point Pleasant, followed a party at a residence in Point Pleasant. Gilley is said to have crashed into the same home where the house party was being held.
According to court records, it happened in the 3200 block of Sandhill Road.
Gilley faces an aggravated DUI charge. There's no word yet on whether he has been placed on any type of leave.
ORIGINAL STORY 2/4/18
A sheriff’s deputy from Mason County is facing criminal charges after an incident Saturday night.
According to West Virginia State Police, Mason County Deputy Jason Gilley was off duty when he was arrested after midnight.
Initial police reports indicate that he drove his car into a home. WSAZ is working to confirm where in the county the incident happened.
Troopers tell WSAZ Gilley is charged with aggravated DUI.
WSAZ has reached out to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department for comment but has not heard back yet.
Keep clicking WSAZ for the latest details in this developing story.