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County authority executive arrested for DUI

By Staff | Nov 16, 2010

SHEPHERDSTOWN – The executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority was being held at Eastern Regional Jail on a $3,500 bail following his arrest this weekend on drunk driving charges.

Thomas Paul Bayuzik Jr., 47, of Maddex Drive, Shepherdstown, was arraigned Saturday at about 8:05 a.m. on one count of aggravated DUI, according to court records.

As of 9 p.m. Monday, the jail’s official website still listed him as an inmate with a misdemeanor pretrial imprisonment status.

Bayuzik was arrested at about 12:25 a.m. Saturday on W.Va. 230 near Heritage Road in Jefferson County by Trooper First Class M.J. Glende of the West Virginia State Police after he was pulled over by Shepherdstown police officer David Ransom, records show.

Ransom contacted Glende about a possible drunk driver after stopping a brown vehicle traveling southbound that he had spotted driving on and off the roadway.

Bayuzik told police he had been at the Three Onions Lounge and had four beers, records show.

Officers noted Bayuzik’s speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and there appeared to be a strong odor of alcohol on the man’s breath, records show.

Bayuzik submitted to a series of three field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test, all of which he failed, records show.

Following his arrest, he also submitted to a secondary breath test. Bayuzik registered a .169 percent blood alcohol concentration, more than twice the legal limit.

Police also found the vehicle Bayuzik was driving had Georgia license plates and was registered to an individual identified as M.S. Doughety, of Georgia.

If convicted of aggravated DUI, Bayuzik faces two to 60 days in jail and a potential fine of $200 to $1,000.