Area man charged with trying to hit trooper with car

September 14, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was charged Sunday with trying to hit a state trooper with his car, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Kenneth C. Markley II, 26, of 1079 Conservation Drive, was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of fleeing from police while driving under the influence.

At about 12:19 a.m. Sunday, West Virginia State Police Trooper S.R. Smith responded to the intersection of Cannon Hill Road and Go Away Lane in Hedgesville for a report of a car accident. When Smith arrived eight minutes later, he saw a black Chevrolet Camaro partially on the road behind a tow truck, records state.


As Smith pulled up, a man ran toward the car, at which point the tow truck driver told Smith, "You better catch him, he's drunk," records state.

Smith started chasing the man, who got into his car, turned on the ignition and began to back up, police said.

Smith ordered the man to stop, but after he refused all orders, the man was twice sprayed with pepper spray, police alleged.

The driver then put his car in drive and started going forward, records allege. Smith would have been hit had he not jumped out of the way, records allege.

Seconds after missing the trooper, the driver hit a tree, got out of the car and started running, records state.

Smith chased the man into a wooded area and took him into custody after the man tried to crawl into a culvert, police said.

Markley refused to submit to a blood test at City Hospital and was not able to give an adequate breath sample at the sheriff's department, according to court records.

He was being held Monday night in Eastern Regional Jail on $120,000 bail.

Conviction on a charge of attempted murder carries a sentence of three to 15 years in prison, while conviction on a charge of fleeing while DUI carries a sentence of one to five years in prison.

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