KEYSTONE, W.Va. — A snowplow driver for the state Division of Highways was arrested on the job late Wednesday night on a drunken driving charge.

A McDowell County sheriff’s deputy noticed a light was out on the snow plow being driven by Thomas Keith Henderson of Elkhorn. He pulled Henderson over and later charged him with DUI.

Henderson, 56, was driving the snowplow on Burke Mountain near Keystone at about 11:30 p.m.

DOH spokesman Brent Walker said he couldn’t talk much about the situation.

“We’re just waiting to see how that comes out,” Walker said. “It’s a personnel issue, we’re still investigating it. It’s a legal issue and it’s just something we’re going to let play out.”

Henderson has worked in the DOH’s maintenance division for six years. He was free Thursday afternoon on $500 bond.

The legal blood alcohol limit for a Commercial Driver’s License is .04. It’s .08 for a regular license.



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    He may have been called out, and had one beer two hours before.
    It doesn’t take much to smell alcohol.
    He was pulled over for a light out, not reckless driving.
    The article doesn't give much information.

    • GregG

      A teaspoon of cough syrup would make a person blow .04. Something just isn't adding up with this one.

  • Terry

    Until the State of WV pays Commercial Drivers what they are worth and not starting pay around 25k per year, this will happen a lot. I'm actually surprised we don't hear much more of this lack of professionalism.

  • wvroads

    This guy will be fired, and should be! If he isn't then the top leadership in the DOH should be fired. Well, they should be fired anyways... they have let the workforce at the DOH erode to dangerously low levels. With the wages they are offering they are not getting the best qualified individuals applying for the job. You get what you pay for!

  • Taxpayer

    Blame the supervisor, blame the police? Are you people serious? If he was driving a snowplow drunk he belongs in jail. Ever pass a snowplow going the other way on a curvy mountain road? Not much room between that blade and your head! I sure as heck don't want some drunk driving the plow!

  • sam

    If he was drunk, doesn't say much about his supervisor. Probably was and was told just be careful..WVDOH needs to get serious with all their employees and make them accountable from the top down. Look at all the scandals, oh I'm sorry the public doesn't know about them. To kill a snake you cut off its head not the tail.

  • Truth

    Good job deputy!

  • Markel Farkel

    Looks to me like a Deputy with nothing to do but pull over (maybe a contractor) someone trying to help clear a road. A light out! I bet the Deputy gets a yearly reward from the County supported by MADD that will get him LOT'S of nonrecognition.
    For me - "I fell so safe now"
    I feel so safe now that there is one less snowplow on the road! I don't need the plow, or the "Deputy" I hope he is tied up in court justifying his actions.
    Good job, Barney! You Go Boy. Hold that bullet in your shirt pocket!

  • Dr. Sarcasm

    Sounds like a "personal issue" between the deputy and the driver. Maybe he was doing some " plowing" on the side?

    • Brian

      "Sounds like Homer Stokes is harbouring somekinda hateful grudge, against the Soggy Bottom Boys"

    • Brian

      +1 There is much more to this than is being reported. Let's see if the DUI charge holds up.

  • blugldmn

    The plow truck driver hasn't trampled all over the constitution.

  • Whip

    If I had to work and live in McDowell county I'd stay drunk as a monkey. Poor guy.

    • Tom wv

      Poor guy... What the heck would you have said if he would have wrecked and killed somebody.? Oh we'll they shouldn't have been on the road any how. Poor guy. Man you are part of the reason this country is in bad shape.

      • b

        .04 I could've drank nyquil. Not really, but you get the point

        • Jason412

          Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Drive sober, or get pulled over.

      • b

        Legally drunk and dysfunctionally drunk are 2 different things.

        • Tom wv

          Drunk is drunk. You are impaired.

  • Ron_Jeremy

    The County

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  • GregG

    I just can't picture a police officer pulling over a State vehicle of any kind, much less a snowplow, for a "light being out".

    • Chris1529

      yeah...why would a county deputy bother pulling over a state plow truck.

  • Mountain Man

    “We’re just waiting to see how that comes out,” Walker said. “It’s a personnel issue, we’re still investigating it. It’s a legal issue and it’s just something we’re going to let play out.” This means we will see if his lawyer can get thrown out on a technicality or plea bargained to reckless driving like most of the arrests within the state. The police do their job only to be undermined by the courts.

  • zero tolerance

    You have got to be kidding me....SMH!