St. Marys postmaster arrested on drug and alcohol charge

HARRISVILLE, W.Va., – A postmaster in St. Marys is on “emergency placement” following an arrest last week on alcohol and drug charges, officials said.

Robin L. Hendershot of Sardis, was arrested last week by the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department after she was pulled over on U.S. 50.

According to the criminal complaint, Hendershot, 48, was pulled over by Deputy Sheriff Greg Britton who was following up a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for a silver, four-door sedan with Ohio registration. The vehicle was swerving in the road, into the median and back onto the road.

Britton observed the vehicle traveling at 29 mph on U.S. 50 near Buky Run, the complaint said.

Britton stated the silver Toyota Camry was straddling the center line on eastbound U.S. 50. He activated his lights, but the driver did not immediately react, the complaint said.

The deputy followed the car at 29 mph for about a quarter mile before it pulled over, the complaint said.

Britton asked Hendershot to perform a field sobriety tests.

“Mrs. Hendershot was unsteady on exiting the vehicle and zipped up her pants once she was all the way out of the vehicle,” the complaint states.

Britton halted one test, fearing for Hendershot’s safety as she swayed back and forth, the complaint said. Hendershot indicated she could not perform two other tests due to previous back surgeries and she refused a breathalyzer, the complaint said.

“She advised officers that she had three beers and would fail the test and she was above 0.080 percent,” the complaint states.

Hendershot also twice refused chemical breath tests at the sheriff’s department.

Britton found a cooler with a can of beer and two prescription pill bottles with Hendershot’s name on them that smelled of marijuana and contained a green substance in the cap and bottle, the complaint said. A field test confirmed the substance was marijuana, the complaint said.

Britton also found five pipes with marijuana residue a pink bottle, an ibuprofen bottle and a small baggy with the odor of marijuana on them, the compaint said. He also recovered a flask of alcohol, the complaint said.

Hendershot was charged with misdemeanor offenses of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. She was arraigned Ritchie County Magistrate Court and posted bail.

Hendershot is the postmaster of the St. Marys office. Cathy Yarosky, postal service spokeswoman, said Hendershot has been placed on emergency placement. She’s been employed with the post office since 1988, Yarosky said.