Cops and Courts

Moundsville man facing charges for April I-68 accident, following warrant for toxicology results

West Virginia State Police in Preston County have filed a criminal complaint against a Moundsville man after obtaining medical records following an accident on Interstate 68 in April. 

The accident, which occurred on April 24, involved a van and a tractor-trailer near the 27-mile marker. 

The driver of the van, Chadwick Alan Lancaster, 52, of Moundsville, and his juvenile son were transported to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital for medical treatment for injuries sustained during the accident, according to a criminal complaint. 

In July, a call from an insurance investigator prompted police to obtain a warrant for both Lancaster’s medical records as well as his son’s.  

Lancaster’s records revealed that a urine sample obtained the day of the accident tested positive for both amphetamines and cannabinoids. Police confirmed the substances were not administered by medical personnel. 

The boy’s records showed he sustained multiple facial fractures in the accident. 

According to the complaint, the records show probable cause that Lancaster was operating the vehicle while under the influence of controlled substances and neglected the wellbeing of his son by having him present in the vehicle while driving in an impaired state. 

Lancaster is being charged with driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury and child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury.