One injured in truck rollover

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The driver of a dump truck carrying gravel on Interstate 70 received minor injuries after he lost control of his vehicle early Tuesday, said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. James Faunda.

Meanwhile, the patrol also has released statistics related to its OVI saturation patrol held this past weekend.

Regarding the truck rollover, Faunda said the driver, Wayne Bishop of Barton, was taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling for treatment of minor injuries. He lost control of a 1996 Volvo dump truck while traveling east on I-70 near milepost 217. His load of gravel spilled onto the highway.

“Luckily ODOT was close by and cleaned it up quick,” Faunda said.

Bishop was transporting his load out of Uniontown, but the gravel was not for any ODOT-related jobs occurring in the area, he said. Bishop was cited for failure to control and failure to wear a seat belt.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, Faunda released the results of the patrol’s sobriety checkpoint held this past weekend at the intersection of Ohio 7 and Aetna Street in Martins Ferry.

He said 1,517 vehicles passed through the checkpoint during the four-hour event held from 10 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday.

“The checkpoint resulted in two OVI arrests, one driving under suspension arrest, one no driver’s license arrest and two possession of marijuana/drug paraphernalia arrests, one open container of alcohol arrest and one misdemeanor,” Faunda said.

In addition to the patrol, the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department, Martins Ferry Police Department, Belmont County Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio Department of Transportation worked the checkpoint.

“The sobriety checkpoints serve to deter drivers from operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medication.

“The Ohio State Patrol and its law enforcement partners will continue to conduct sobriety checkpoints to make Ohio roadways safer,” Faunda added.

One of the more notable citations involved the manager of a well-known band, Florida Georgia Line.

James A. Romaine of 414 Rudolph Ave., Nashville, was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during the checkpoint on Saturday.

Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland said Romaine identified himself to officers as the tour manager/songwriter for the Florida Georgia Line band.

There allegedly was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the bus at the time of the stop. According to a copy of the police report, Romaine was released on recognizance bond of $308.

His court date was set for Sept. 5.