W.Va. man charged with trying to hit officer with vehicle

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GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) – Police say a northern West Virginia man allegedly tried to hit a police officer with his vehicle and his weapon discharged in an ensuing struggle.

Media outlets report 50-year-old Rollie C. Poynter Jr. of Grafton was charged Sunday with multiple offenses that include attempted murder and malicious assault on a governmental representative.

According to a criminal complaint, Poynter fled when Grafton police tried to stop him. He drove along U.S. Route 119 in Taylor and Monongalia counties and eventually stopped on a private road, attempting to strike an approaching Taylor County sheriff’s deputy with his vehicle.

Poynter got out, began fighting with deputies and pulled out a weapon. The gun went off but no one was hit.

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

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