MAN, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — A man is facing multiple charges after deputies said he struck a fire chief who was directing traffic in Logan County with his vehicle, and then attempted to flee from a deputy.
Jeffrey Woods, 53, is charged with failure to yield to emergency vehicle, approaching improperly to emergency vehicle, fleeing, reckless driving, obstructing an officer, obstructing a firefighter directing traffic and obstructing a firefighter, according to a news release from the Logan County Sheriff's Office.
The release said a deputy was sitting in traffic in Man as local firefighters conducted traffic control while they awaited Appalachian Power to arrive to assist with downed power lines and trees in the roadway. A small blue car driven by Woods approached the fire chief, who was directing traffic, at a fast speed. The fire chief motioned for the vehicle to stop, but Woods told the chief he was going around traffic because he wanted to go home.
After the fire chief advised Woods to wait patiently, Woods drove around other vehicles and hit the fire chief in the legs, throwing him onto the hood of the car and then onto the ground, the release said.
The nearby deputy caught up with Woods and attempted to stop the vehicle. Woods put his car in reverse and attempted to flee, backing into another vehicle. Woods stopped the vehicle and the deputy asked him to exit his car. Woods stayed in the car and kept his hands on the steering wheel, refusing to get out, the release said.
Woods was removed from the car and placed under arrest.
After sobriety tests, Woods showed no signs of impairment. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital and consented to a blood draw. He was then taken to the sheriff’s office and then to Southwestern Regional Jail. His bond has not been set.
The fire chief has been released from the hospital, the release said.