PRINCETON, W.V. (LOOTPRESS) – A man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and fleeing with reckless indifference from an incident that occurred in Feb. of 2014.
According to a criminal complaint on Feb. 25, 2014, an officer with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department was conducting a road patrol on Rt. 19. During the patrol, the officer attempted to stop a vehicle that was driving 64 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone.
The car attempted to turn into a Sheetz parking lot and then accelerated back onto the road. The suspect, Jerry Martin Jr., continued to evade the officer by driving down several Mercer County roads. When another officer arrived to assist in the pursuit, Martin made a wide right turn, ramming his vehicle into the second officer’s vehicle.
Martin sped away and struck another police car that was parked on the side of the road, causing substantial damage to the vehicles and serious injuries to both Martin and the officer.
Both individuals had to be airlifted to a hospital due to the nature of the injuries they sustained during the pursuit.
Martin has been charged with two counts of attempt to commit first-degree murder and fleeing with reckless indifference.
He is currently being held at Southern Regional Jail under a $100,000 cash-only bond.