Ohio man accused of DUI with child in vehicle
HUNTINGTON — The following information was provided by criminal complaints filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court:
DUI WITH A MINOR: An Ohio man has been accused of driving under the influence with his 11-year-old daughter inside his truck, Huntington police said Monday.
Randall Allen Eplion, 53, of Chesapeake, Ohio, is facing charges of felony child neglect creating risk of injury, felony third-offense DUI, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor driving under the influence with a minor.
At about 9:20 a.m. on Monday, 911 dispatchers called officers to the 900 block of 20th Street in Huntington for reports of a man falling asleep while driving a 1997 Ford Ranger. Officers pulled over the man, later identified at Eplion, in the 1600 block of Artisan Avenue.
During the initial stop, officers said they found less than 1 gram of a white powder in a folded piece of paper, which Eplion allegedly said was heroin.
His daughter was in the truck at the time and told officers her father passed out several times while they were driving down the road. Officers said they found the white powder within an “arm’s length” of the young girl.
Officers noted Eplion had constricted eyes, low raspy speech and was very sluggish. He was nodding off while sitting on a bench and continued to nod off during the arraignment process, police said. He allegedly refused a secondary blood chemical test.
Eplion has two previous DUI convictions in Ohio on Nov. 1, 2017 and Aug. 8, 2018. He was arraigned in Cabell County Magistrate Court and is currently being held in Western Regional Jail in Barboursville without a set bail on Monday evening.
The Huntington Police Department listed 17 new Incident reports In the 24-hour period ending at 3 p.m. Monday, according to the printout released by the department. However, the Individual police reports were not made available, so these are the only known details:
Fugitive from justice, drug paraphernalia; obstructing an officer, trespassing, battery of a police officer, 1 a.m. Monday, 1500 block of Washington Avenue.
Warrant execution, 9 p.m. Sunday, 1300 block of 5th Avenue.
Malicious or unlawful assault, disorderly conduct, 7:16 p.m. 4700 block of Altizer Avenue.
Grand larceny, 6 p.m. Sunday, 800 block of Monroe Avenue.
Drug paraphernalia 6:04 p.m. Sunday, 900 block of 9th Avenue.
Petit larceny, 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 800 block of 9th Street.
Receiving or transferring stolen goods, 2:18 p.m. Sunday, 25th Street and 1st Avenue.
Strangulation, 9 p.m. Saturday, 13th Street and 4th Avenue.
Warrant execution, 2:37 p.m. Sunday, 1300 block of Hal Greer Boulevard.
Burglary, entry of dwelling, 1 a.m. Sunday, 100 block of West Oakland Avenue.
First and second-offense shoplifting Sunday, 1:49 p.m., 2700 block of 5th Avenue,
Found property, 12:44 p.m. Sunday, 700 block of 12th Avenue.
Petit larceny, 12:15 p.m. Saturday, 1700 block of Jefferson Avenue.
Breaking and entering a vehicle, 10 p.m. Saturday, 300 block of Holswade Drive.
Found property, 8 p.m. Saturday, 700 block of 6th Avenue.
Information report, 6:31 a.m. Sunday, 1800 block of 9th Avenue,
Trespassing, disorderly conduct, 2:15 a.m. Sunday, 2600 block of 5th Avenue.
The following Information was provided by booking records kept at Western Regional Jail:
Anthony Michael Smith, 22, was jailed at 11 a.m. Monday. Authorities in Cabell County charged him with felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and misdemeanor being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Bail had not been set Monday evening.
Travis Crum Is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.