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Police say a 32-year-old man had a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .155 in February when he crashed head-on into another car, killing the driver. 

Mathews County resident Robert Paul Twiddy is now facing a felony DUI involuntary manslaughter charge, which police served more than four months after the accident occurred on Pocahontas Trail.

Deputy Chief Steve Rubino with the James City County Police Department said officers had to obtain search warrants for Twiddy’s medical records, determine his BAC and confer with the Commonwealth’s Attorney before charging him.

Twiddy was driving a GMC pickup in the opposite lane down Pocahontas Trail the night of Feb. 7 when he struck a Cadillac, according to police.

The driver of the Cadillac, Jerry Matthew Minkins, a 50-year-old James City County resident, was taken to Riverside Doctors’ Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Twiddy was airlifted from the crash scene to Norfolk General Hospital. Rubino said he was in a coma for three weeks and suffered a head injury and a broken leg. He was in the hospital for a total of four weeks.

Police said neither driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

In Mathews, Twiddy was sentenced Monday to six months for a DUI second offense that occurred in September 2014. All but 20 days were suspended from that sentence.

Court records show he also received a DWI charge in the city of Hampton that occurred in November 2013. He received a suspended sentence of 30 days.

His preliminary hearing for the DUI involuntary manslaughter charge in James City County will be held in General District Court at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 20.

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