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Pa. man charged in hit-and-run, assault on trooper

January 27, 2001

Pa. man charged in hit-and-run, assault on trooper



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Carlisle, Pa., man was charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident late Friday afternoon and the assault of a police officer, according to West Virginia State Police.

Christopher Mixell, 26, was charged with driving under the influence causing bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident with an injury, failure to maintain control, no proof of insurance, obstructing an officer, giving false information to a police officer and driving with a license revoked due to driving under the influence, said West Virginia State Police Trooper K.W. Martin.

Mixell also was charged with battery on a police officer after Martin was kicked in the head four times as he drove the subject to City Hospital for treatment of a cut, Martin said.

Martin said local state police patrol cars do not have cage wire inside to separate police from subjects in custody in the back seat.

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While driving on W.Va. 9 near the intersection with Rock Cliff Drive, the subject got his leg over the back of the front seat and kicked Martin in the head four times, Martin said.

Mixell's hands were cuffed behind his back and his seat belt was fastened before Martin began taking Mixell to the hospital, Martin said.

Martin said he was OK, but the incident nearly caused a second wreck.

After pulling to the side of the road, Martin and backup state police tied the suspect's legs before proceeding to the hospital, he said.

Mixell was treated and released from City Hospital. He was being held at the Eastern Regional Jail on Saturday night on $31,568 bond, police said.

The incident began when a blue Mazda car rear-ended a Ford car at the stop light on W.Va. 9 at Short Road by the IRS building just before 6 p.m. on Friday, Martin said.

The driver of the Ford, Dariusz Swietlik, 48, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., was treated and released from City Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the Mazda fled, but his car was on fire so drivers alerted police to the Mazda's location by calling 911 on their cellular phones, Martin said.

Martin said he appreciated people's assistance in tracking the Mazda.

After finding the Mazda backing up on the shoulder of Interstate 81 near the Falling Waters, W.Va., exit, Martin said he arrested Mixell. By that time the Mazda was only smoking and had front end damage.

As Martin was putting Mixell in the back of the patrol car, Mixell began kicking and a struggle ensued, Martin said. During the struggle, Mixell received a minor cut below his eye.

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