UPDATE: West Virginia city manager reinstated after DUI plea

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - UPDATE: 05/26/19

The city manager of Wheeling, West Virginia, has been reinstated to his job after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

News outlets report the Wheeling City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday to reinstate suspended City Manager Robert Herron.

Herron was sentenced Monday to 104 hours of community service. Authorities have said he was involved in a car crash in March and arrested with a blood-alcohol level of about 0.305%. The legal state limit is 0.08%. He was initially charged with aggravated DUI, but that charge was later downgraded to non-aggravated.

According to a motion approved by the council, Herron is no longer permitted access to a city vehicle, must pay for damages to the vehicle he hit and must hire an assistant city manager within 45 days. He also must consent to random alcohol testing.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 03/10/19

Police in West Virginia say a city official charged with drunken driving after an accident had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.

News outlets report Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron was charged with aggravated driving under the influence. Herron's blood-alcohol level registered 0.305 percent. The legal limit in West Virginia is 0.08 percent.

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott says in a statement no one was seriously injured in Saturday night's accident. Elliott says because a city official was involved, Wheeling police called the Ohio County Sheriff's office to investigate.

Elliott says he plans to schedule a meeting of Wheeling's City Council this week to discuss the arrest.

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