By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Virginia State Police are seeking information on the driver of a vehicle that intentionally struck and injured a Pulaski County-based state trooper early Saturday morning.
According to State Police, Senior Trooper J.A. Jones was airlifted to a Roanoke hospital after being hit by the vehicle on Route 100 in Dublin. Jones sustained non-life-threatening, but serious injuries and remains hospitalized overnight.
A VSP press release states that Jones stopped to check on a pedestrian walking in the road on Route 100 at the Cleburne Wayside near the entrance to the New River Valley Airport around 6:44 a.m. When he approached the pedestrian to offer assistance, the man became combative and a struggle between the two ensued. The male subject ran towards a blue car and fled the scene.
Within seconds, the trooper spotted a red car nearby that also began leaving the scene. As Jones gestured for the red car to stop, the vehicle turned towards the trooper and intentionally drove at him at a high rate of speed.
Jones tried to jump out of the way but was struck by the car and knocked to the ground. The red car then fled the scene.
Jones, 48, is a 21-year veteran of the State Police. He is assigned to the Area 24 office in Dublin that serves Pulaski and Giles counties.
VSP’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s field office in Wytheville is investigating the incident. Anyone with information about either vehicle or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Virginia State Police at (276) 228-3131 or toll-free in Virginia at 1-800-542-8716. Anonymous calls are welcome.