A Virginia State Police trooper who was intentionally struck by a vehicle on Route 100 in Dublin Saturday was released from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Monday, according to State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
Senior Trooper J.A. Jones, who is based at the Dublin office, was airlifted to a Roanoke hospital early Saturday when he was hit by a vehicle after stopping to see if he could assist a pedestrian who was walking in the road. When he approached the pedestrian, the man became combative and a struggle between the two ensued, according to State Police.
The male subject ran towards a blue car and fled the scene, but within seconds the trooper spotted a red car nearby that also began leaving the scene. As Jones gestured for the car to stop, it turned towards the trooper and intentionally drove at him at a high rate of speed, State Police reported. Jones tried to jump out of the way but was struck by the car and knocked to the ground. The vehicle then fled the scene.
Monday, Geller said police have received “numerous” tips in the case. She thanked the public for their assistance and urged anyone who has information on the incident, but has not contacted police, to do so at (276) 228-3131 or toll-free in Virginia at 1-800-542-8716. Anonymous calls are welcome.
Geller said the investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been made.
Jones, 48, is a 21-year veteran of the State Police.