DUI Suspect Returns to Court; Bond Set

The man from Louisa, Kentucky charged with 4 counts of DUI Causing Death was back court Tuesday.

Bobby Frazier was in Wayne County Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department says Frazier was driving drunk and speeding in a stolen truck when he crossed the center line and slammed into a truck driven by John Michael Boone of Prichard.

Boone, along with his two children, 2-year old Michael and 3-year old Jordan were killed. A family friend, Tom “Reno” Hardwick also died in the crash.

Frazier was the only survivor and spent a week in a Huntington hospital.

The accident happened on Big Sandy River Road near Kenova in Wayne County earlier this month.

During today’s hearing, Frazier waived his case to a grand jury. His bond was also set at $1 million. He remains in the Western Regional Jail.

If indicted by a grand jury, Frazier’s next court date is set for July 11.

Frazier is also charged with a 3rd offense DUI and driving on a suspended license.

Investigators say Frazier stole the F-250 Pickup Truck from Boyd County Ford.

Frazier was arraigned in Cabell County because he was arrested there. He declined comment during that hearing.

UPDATE FRIDAY
From The Associated Press:
WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) - A Kentucky man accused of a West Virginia drunken driving accident that killed four people had been charged with driving under the influence multiple times before.

A search of Kentucky court records by The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington found eight previous DUI charges against 47-year-old Bobby Frazier of Louisa, Kentucky.

Wayne County Chief Sheriff's Deputy David Watts couldn't confirm the total number of previous DUI charges today. But he did say he was aware of Frazier being charged with third-offense DUI in Kentucky in 2003 and again in 2006.

Frazier is accused of stealing a pickup truck from an Ashland, Kentucky, car lot on April 17th and then driving into West Virginia. The allegedly drunken Frazier crossed the center line and collided head-on with another pickup. All four occupants of the second pickup truck, two men and two toddlers, were killed.

Frazier is charged with four counts of DUI resulting in death and one count of third-offense DUI.

He's being held at the Western Regional Jail and doesn't yet have an attorney.


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