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Man Uses ATV To Run Down Police Officer

Beckley, WV – A suspect used an ATV to run down a Beckley police corporal who allegedly interrupted him during a drug transaction on Tuesday night, according to police.

The incident began at approximately 10:40 p.m. on July 28, when Beckley Police Department (BPD) Corporal Neal Smith witnessed an alleged “hand-to-hand drug transaction” as he was patrolling in the area of Sour Street and Nebraska Avenue, BPD Lieutenant David Allard said in a press release.

The suspects involved in the alleged drug deal were described as an “individual in a dark-colored passenger car” and a man “wearing an ATV helmet,” Lt. Allard said.

Cpl. Smith stopped his patrol vehicle and approached the suspects on foot, at which point the suspect on the ATV immediately started up his vehicle.

“Cpl. Smith attempted to physically restrain him, but the male rapidly accelerated the ATV,” Lt. Allard said.

The suspect slammed the ATV into the corporal as he fled the scene, leaving him with “significant injuries to his lower extremities,” according to the lieutenant.

The suspect in the dark-colored passenger car also sped off without trying to render aid to the injured corporal.

An ambulance rushed Cpl. Cook to Raleigh General Hospital, where he was treated and released, The Register-Herald.

The full extent of his injuries is still being evaluated, Lt. Allard said.

Investigators identified the suspect accused of running Cpl. Cook down with the ATV as 30-year-old Darrius Cook, The Register-Herald reported.

Cook crashed the ATV on Rails to Trails a short while later, leaving his helmet and “additional items” behind, Lt. Allard said.

“K-9 Officers from the Beckley Police Department and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office conducted a track and recovered the helmet and additional items. Additional investigation by BPD led to the identification of COOK as the driver of the ATV,” according to the lieutenant.

Police located Cook during a traffic stop in Beaver at approximately 4 a.m. on Thursday, Lt. Allard said.

He allegedly tried to escape by running away on foot, but was ultimately apprehended and taken into custody, according to WVNS.

Cook has been charged with fleeing from an officer resulting in injury and malicious assault on a peace officer, The Register-Herald reported.

The U.S. Marshal Service, the West Virginia State Police and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office aided BPD in locating and apprehending him.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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