State trooper gives chase while in reverse

October 17, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A state trooper who pulled alongside a suspicious car Thursday morning ended up pursuing the car while in reverse, according to court records.

West Virginia State Police Trooper R.T. Dyroff said his car was in reverse because he had no place to turn around on Tuscarora Pike, records show.

The driver of the car, Richard Lee Dinges Jr., 19, of Inwood, W.Va., was charged with fleeing from police, a misdemeanor, and a felony count of possession with intent to deliver a counterfeit controlled substance.


The incident began around 8:23 a.m. when state police received a call of a suspicious car pulled alongside Tuscarora Pike. Dyroff responded, believing the Ford Festiva could have been connected to a string of thefts in the area. When Dyroff pulled alongside the car, the driver drove away, records show.

Dyroff pursued the car while going backward for "some time" until he was able to turn around, records show. Once Dyroff turned around, he quickly caught up to the driver, who then stopped.

A passenger told police they fled because he and the other occupants of the car had just smoked marijuana and still had some inside the car, according to court records. That passenger, who's address and age were unavailable, was cited for possession of marijuana.

The possession with intent to deliver charge was filed after police found a bottle containing 311 pills under Dinges' seat.

Although the pills were Prednisone, an anti-inflammatory medication, Dinges told police that he bought them from someone who said they were Percocet tablets, according to police. Under that assumption, Dinges said he had been distributing the pills to others, records show.

Dinges was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $2,500 bail.

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