FAIRMONT — A 43-year-old man who, police say, tried to shoplift more than $200 worth of alcohol from Price Cutter Sept. 12 now faces his third DUI.

 Police charged Wilbur Eugene Owens Jr. of 320 Marion St., Fairmont, with driving with a revoked license while driving under the influence of alcohol – 3rd offense.

According to the court papers, a Fairmont Police Department patrolman was dispatched to a shoplifting call at Price Cutter at 1015 Indiana Ave., in Fairmont.

The store manager told police that a man came into the store and concealed multiple bottles of alcohol in a tan bag, police said. The patrolman reviewed surveillance video footage and saw Owens drive a red Kia hatchback into the parking lot, get out of the driver’s seat and walk into the store.

The complaint states that Owens attempted to conceal $263.36 worth of alcohol in his bag, and was confronted by the store manager and asked to leave. When Owens was walking out of the store, he grabbed another bottle of alcohol and walked out of the store, got back into his vehicle and drove off.

Police said Owens’ license became suspended for DUI on Aug. 3, 2007, and he has prior convictions for driving withe a revoked or suspended license for DUI on Jan. 23, 2019 and Nov. 24, 2008.

Owens was also involved in another incident Sept. 12, according to a criminal complaint also charging him with driving revoked for DUI 3rd offense.

According to the complaint, a Fairmont Police Department patrolman responded at approximately 9:28 p.m. to the area of 1300 Locust Ave. regarding a domestic incident in the parking lot. A caller told police that a man and woman got into a red SUV and drove toward Country Club Road.

Two officers stopped the vehicle at the Price Cutter on Fairmont Avenue and saw a man identified as Owens fleeing on foot behind the Price Cutter. The officers detained Owens and discovered that his driver’s license is revoked for DUI.

Court records show Owens is in the North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $25,012 bail.

He faces a preliminary hearing at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 23 before Marion County Magistrate Mark Hayes.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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