Joe Valley was already intoxicated when he arrived, say locals
Springville, Calif. -- Joseph Valley, the live-in boyfriend of disgraced anti-porn crusader and minister Shelley Lubben, drank at a local bar before he allegedly ran down a motorist and fled the scene, according to sources in Springville.
Valley was arrested Tuesday Nov. 7 after he allegedly struck and killed a 51-year old cyclist less than 2 miles from the Lubben ranch property. He is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run driving, resulting in death or serious bodily injury to another person.
According to a patron of The Antlers Roadhouse, Joe Valley came into the bar that day already intoxicated, drank a shot of alcohol and was "cut off" by the bartender because he was so drunk.
Valley then attempted to leave without paying. The bartender followed him outside to have Joe pay the cheque.
Witnesses say Valley was "pretty drunk" by time he left the bar to head home.
Shelley stops by
The Antlers, located at 30990 Highway 190, Porterville, stands 16 miles down the road from the collision site.
When Shelley Lubben visited the bar today, Nov. 13 (after the original version of this article had been posted), employees informed her that Valley was already intoxicated when he arrived last Tuesday. They also mentioned that he had used Shelley's credit card to pay for his drink.
How well must this establishment know Shelley and Joe to permit him to use her card? According to a source, Shelley and Joe have been known to come in before, adding that they would drink "a lot" and "she would dance like a stripper."
Yet, somehow it took Shelley nearly a week to investigate.
By distancing herself from Joe and proclaiming herself a victim, it appears that Shelley believes she can avoid being ostracized in the community.
Hit and run
The hit-and-run collision occurred at Balch Park Road and Battle Mountain Road in Springville at around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday. According to the California Highway Patrol, 27-year-old Valley hit the cyclist while driving a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser with a convertible top. A witness at the scene saw Valley take off "up Balch Park Road to his house" after the collision.
The cyclist died at the scene.
Valley, who has a prior criminal record, was booked later that night, and held on $100,000 bail. District Attorney Tim Ward later filed criminal charges against Valley, and at his arrangement Nov. 9, his bail was increased to $145,000. He is currently being held at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility in Visalia.
|Shelley Lubben and Joseph Valley on the road|
The charges were followed by Ward's announcement of a $153,620 California Office of Traffic Safety grant. The grant will be used to help prosecute cases of drunken and impaired drivers.
"No one should be injured or lose their lives due to the reckless and risky behavior of a drunk driver," said Ward. "We look forward to continuing our focus on prosecuting this dangerous and avoidable crime."
Lubben and Valley met when her husband hired him to work at the Springville property in the spring of 2015. Shelley began an affair with Valley, and her husband later filed for divorce.
[This post was updated and modified from its original version.]