Two drivers charged in separate accidents

The drivers of two vehicles face criminal charges for their roles in two separate motor vehicle crashes last week that sent four individuals to the hospital for medical treatment.

The first of the two incidents was a single-vehicle accident on Tuesday, July 3 in the 200 block of Fearnow Road east of Berkeley Springs shortly after 6:30 p.m.

According to Deputy Dennis Jenkins of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, Nicholas Potts, 18, of Berkeley Springs was traveling north from Johnsons Mill Road to New Hope Road in an Acura passenger car when he ran off the side of the roadway and struck a tree. Potts’ vehicle became wedged against the tree with he and his adult brother pinned inside.

Fire and rescue crews from Morgan County EMS, Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company, Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company, Washington County Fire & Rescue assisted at the scene to extract the two men from the car.

Deputy Jenkins said the two were entrapped for an hour and 45 minutes.

Robert Potts III, 24, was flown by HealthNet helicopter to Winchester Medical Center with a pelvic fracture.

Fearnow Road was shut down during the entire accident response.

Deputy Jenkins charged Nicholas Potts with failure to maintain control of his vehicle, citing speed as a factor in the crash.

An early morning crash on July 4 sent three people to the hospital and has resulted in criminal charges against one driver.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle head-on collision at 12:45 a.m at 3878 Martinsburg Road.

Police say that Charles Weber, 54, of Harrison Avenue was traveling westbound on Martinsburg Road when his Pontiac Grand Prix crossed the center line and struck a Chevy Malibu driven by a minor female.

The female driver and her passenger, also a minor female, received minor injuries in the crash, said Deputy Dennis Jenkins. Weber received serious lacerations in the crash. All three were transported to War Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

Weber was arrested on Monday and charged with DUI causing injury. He is free on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond. Sgt. Wade Shambaugh is investigating the traffic collision.

Martinsburg Road was shut down for an hour during accident response and roadway cleanup.