Fairmont man accused of injuring woman, endangering children, while driving drunk

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Fairmont Police Department charged a man with multiple crimes after alleged domestic and drunk driving incidents.

On May 1, officers spoke with a woman, Ashley Gill, who told them that Jared Toothman, 35, of Fairmont, had left with their two small children, according to a criminal complaint.  Police said officers approached a home on Leona Court to search for the children, when they found the back door broken into two pieces.  Police determined that the children had been at the home but were no longer.

Gill was bleeding heavily from an injury to the back of her head, and she had abrasions on her back and ankle, police said.  An ambulance took Gill to Fairmont Regional Medical Center.

After viewing the scene initially, officers, with help from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, began searching several homes and areas across Marion County, but they could not find Toothman or the children, police said.

Officers found Toothman back at his home, where they were dispatched for a second time, according to a criminal complaint.  Toothman had called 911 to report his involvement in an altercation with neighbors.  While speaking to Toothman, officers said he admitted to driving to the home.  Police said a sedan at the home had not been there during the first call.

While officers spoke with Toothman, they said there was an odor of alcohol on his breath.  Toothman told officers he had drunk one beer, and he then demanded a breath test, which he failed, according to a criminal complaint.  Toothman also showed impairment on field sobriety tests, and officers arrested him, police said.

An eyewitness told police about an altercation in the driveway between Toothman and Gill, in which Gill had been leaning into the open passenger window of the sedan.  Toothman intentionally drove off, causing Gill to hit her head on the ground and lose consciousness, according to a criminal complaint.  Police said Toothman did not stop or render aid to Gill or report the incident to police, fire or emergency officials.  Toothman drove away with two girls, ages 7 and 3, inside the vehicle, while he was intoxicated, according to police.

Police said Toothman drove around for approximately one hour, without any regard for the children’s safety and well being.  Gill lay in their driveway bleeding and unconscious until a neighbor helped her, according to a criminal complaint.

Toothman went to the Fairmont Police Department, where he took a breathalyzer, which showed a blood alcohol content of .084 percent, police said.  Toothman has two convictions in Marion County for driving while intoxicated, and this is his third DUI, according to a criminal complaint.

While officers interviewed Toothman about the domestic dispute that led to the initial call, police said Toothman stated that the next time officers deal with him, he would be “getting arrested for murder,” according to a criminal complaint.

Toothman is charged with two counts of child neglect creating risk of injury, malicious wounding, DUI causing serious bodily injury and DUI 3rd/subsequent offense.  He is in North Central Regional Jail.

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