W.Va. deputy injured during pursuit of Maine trucker


KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) – A Preston County sheriff’s deputy was treated for minor injuries after his cruiser was rammed while he was trying to stop a delivery truck carrying a merry-go-round, the Preston County Sheriff’s Department said.

Truck driver Allen Frederick Emerson, 44, of LaGrange, Maine, was charged Thursday with assaulting an officer, felony destruction of property and bringing stolen property into West Virginia, according to the sheriff’s department. He was being held Friday at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Emerson was charged with driving away without paying at a gas station near Friendsville, Md., then fleeing a traffic stop in Kingwood. He is accused of ramming a car driven by Preston County Deputy A.S. Taylor, who had attempted to stop the truck by driving in front of it, the sheriff’s department said. Taylor’s vehicle received extensive damage.

Preston County deputies, a Kingwood police officer and the West Virginia State Police pursued Emerson on state Route 26 and U.S. 50 before stopping him on state Route 72.