By MELINDA WILLIAMS
CHRISTIANSBURG – A Radford man suspected of intoxicated driving stabbed himself in the stomach Saturday while waiting to undergo field sobriety tests.
According to Christiansburg spokeswoman Becky Wilburn, police were alerted to the 44-year-old man after he rented a car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car around 12:30 p.m. and then drove it over an embankment as he was leaving the parking lot.
A short time later, Christiansburg police officers located the man and car in a parking lot near the intersection of Market Street and Arbor Drive. After speaking with the man, officers believed he might be impaired.
As the officers were preparing to conduct field sobriety tests, Wilburn said, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed himself in the stomach. One of the officers subdued the man using a TASER gun and he was transported to LewisGale Hospital-Montgomery.
Wilburn said the man underwent surgery, but his condition is unknown. He has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The man’s identity wasn’t released “in order to protect his privacy while further evaluations are conducted by medical professionals,” said Wilburn.
The officers were not injured.