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Man accused of trying to run over officer with ATV

William Wampler is charged with unlawful assault on a police officer, fleeing while driving under the influence of alcohol, second-offence DUI and driving on a suspended license. (WCHS/WVAH)

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Sunday in Sophia after deputies said he attempted to hit an officer with an ATV.

William Wampler, 42, of Sophia is charged with unlawful assault on a police officer, fleeing while driving under the influence of alcohol, second-offence DUI and driving on a suspended license, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Sgt. Randy White and Deputy J.A. Redden of the sheriff’s office responded Sunday after a caller said a man was intoxicated on McAlpin Road and was trying to fight with everyone,

As White arrived at the residence, Wampler fled on an ATV, nearly striking the police cruiser, the release said.

The sheriff's office said White and Redden found Wampler shortly after he fled the residence riding the ATV on Main Street in Sophia. When they attempted to get him to stop, Wampler took off through the parking lot at the veterans monument, the release said.

As White left his cruiser on foot to approach him, Wampler tried to hit him with the ATV, then turned around and attempted to run him over once again, the release said. White was able to get out of the way as he deployed his taser, striking Wampler and bringing the ATV to a stop. The sheriff's office said Wampler then began to physically fight with White and Redden as they arrested him.

Wampler is currently being held at West Virginia Regional Jail and Correction Facility on a $10,000 cash bond.



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