Ohio County Prosecutor's Office to review case involving Wellsburg police officer crash
HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. - Hancock County Prosecutor Jim Davis has confirmed the Ohio County Prosecutor's Office will review an investigation related to a Wellsburg police officer's crash in New Cumberland.
Once they review the case, they will determine whether or not to file charges.
On June 14, Wellsburg police officer Taylor White was involved in a crash in New Cumberland with a Wellsburg city vehicle. A report obtained by NEWS9 cited a witness and fellow officer as saying White may have had alcohol the night of the crash.
After the crash, White returned to the home of New Cumberland police Chief Lester Skinner, where she had also been before the crash. According to a report, Skinner, also a lieutenant on the Wellsburg Police Department, instructed a New Cumberland patrolman to record the accident on the incident log, but to not report it.
New Cumberland Mayor Linda McNeil confirmed Skinner will be disciplined for his part of the incident.
"This is a personnel matter that is being handled internally, even though the investigation had to be handled externally, as it would have been a conflict of interest to have the New Cumberland Police Department investigate activities in their own department.
"There is a disciplinary action in place and will be served on the Chief in the near future. This concludes the matter for the city of New Cumberland. We are putting this behind us and moving forward."