WV Man Arrested After Attempting to Hit Police with Vehicle

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A Taylor County man is facing numerous charges after he led police on high speed chase Sunday morning.

Grafton Police attempted a traffic stop on Luzader Street in Grafton around 12:30 a.m., on a silver 1988 Dodge Dakota on suspicion of driving under the influence. The vehicle fled, and police pursued the vehicle on streets at a speed exceeding 60 mph, officials said.

According to a press release, a Taylor County deputy sheriff attempted to initate a roadblock, but the driver drove around it.

The driver was later identified as Rollie C. Poynter, Jr., 50, of Grafton. Poynter also had a female passenger, and a six-year-old child in the vehicle.   

The female passenger and child later fled the vehicle after Poynter slammed the brakes, and the passenger door opened to the vehicle near the U.S.Route 50/119 intersection of Grafton.

Police continued its pursuit of Poynter on Route 119 north, until turning onto Wickwire Road, and then turning back onto Route 119.

Monongalia County law enforcement were notified and placed stop sticks on the highway by Circle K. Poynter saw the stop sticks and drove through a yard turning southbound on Route 119 back into Taylor County at a speed exceeding 70 mph, officials said.

Poynter turned onto Wilson Ridge Road, attempted to escape on a private driveway, but began spinning out.

Two county sheriff deputies ran to the vehicle. Poynter attempted to strike one deputy sheriff with his vehicle. Both sheriff deputies opened the doors, and attempted to stop Poynter. Poynter stated he was going to kill them and pointed something to one sheriff deputy, but the other sheriff deputy pinned what was later identified as a Titan Tiger snub nose 38 special pistol.

Both sheriff deputies began fighting with Poynter, and while lying on the gun, and sheriff personnel attempting to take the gun, it fired. The gun was later removed. No one was injured.

Poynter was arrested and later taken to Grafton City Hospital where he was treated and released.

Poynter was held on $2 million bond at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Poynter is facing three counts of attempt to commit second degree murder, and three counts of attempt to commit malicious assault. 

Poynter is a convicted felon having multiple felonies. Poynter was convicted in Taylor County for wanton endangerment with a firearm, and attempting to commit first degree murder in 2005. Poynter is prohibited from possessing a firearm. 

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