Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 8, 2013

Mercer man arrested after stealing truck, attempting to hit state trooper

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

SPANISHBURG — A Mercer County man is behind bars this morning after allegedly stealing a truck and attempting to hit a state police trooper with the vehicle.

Sgt. D.W. Miller, with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment, said the incident occurred around 8 p.m. Monday night when officers received a report of a stolen vehicle in the Spanishburg area.

“Cpl. P.H. Shrewsbury was in Lashmeet and cut across Rich Creek Road,” Miller said. “He encountered the vehicle and the suspect standing outside of it. He knew the man and called him by name. The man jumped in the vehicle and swerved at him and tried to hit him.”

Miller said Shrewsbury did fire shots at the vehicle. “He fired at the truck. No one was hit. There were no injuries to Shrewsbury or the suspect.”

Shrewsbury got back in his vehicle to pursue the suspect, Miller said. However, the suspect had already wrecked about a mile up the road.

“He kind of went up on a steep embankment and rolled it over on the driver’s side,” Miller said. “He climbed out of the passenger side and was laying under the truck, between the truck and embankment, when Shrewsbury got there.”

The driver, Richard Anthony Hart, 46, of Matoaka, was arrested by Shrewsbury without incident. He is facing grand larceny, attempted murder, and obstructing charges.

The truck, a Ford Ranger, was stolen from the Spanishburg area. Hart was arraigned Tuesday before Magistrate Rick Fowler on the charges, who set bond at $50,000.