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Man indicted in May crash that injured W. Va. state trooper

October 17, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An 18-year-old who allegedly crashed into a car driven by a West Virginia State Police sergeant, seriously injuring the officer, was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday.

Aaron Curtis Lewis of Garden Drive in Martinsburg was indicted on a felony charge of fleeing from police causing injury and misdemeanor offenses including driving left of center, speeding and fleeing on foot from the scene of an accident.

Police allege that on May 29, Lewis was driving a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder on Golf Course Road near Martinsburg when he hit Sgt. Scott E. Paugh's cruiser. Paugh suffered injuries to his head, left arm and left hip.

After the 10:50 p.m. wreck, Lewis and a passenger with him allegedly left on foot, leaving Paugh trapped inside his cruiser. Nobody saw the accident and it was not reported for another 10 minutes, police said.

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After the accident, Paugh was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, where he underwent surgery.

Lewis remains in Eastern Regional Jail on $50,000 bail. His case could now go to a jury trial.

Conviction on a charge of fleeing from an officer causing injury carries a possible sentence of one to five years in prison.

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