LOGAN, W.Va. — One man is was arrested after a West Virginia State Trooper’s (WVSP) vehicle was vandalized while it was parked at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
Trooper T.J. Hannon, with the WVSP, reports he parked his cruiser at the college around 3 p.m. July 11.
In the early morning hours of July 12, Hannon and Trooper M.J. Miller, with the WVSP, report they arrived at the college to find the cruiser had a broken windshield and a concrete slab laying in the front seat.
The driver’s door had reportedly been kicked and cosmetic damage was found on the hood and passenger fender of the vehicle.
Troopers report they were able to locate a witness who described seeing the incident take place where a short white male driving a silver car caused damage to the cruiser.
Later that day, Miller and Hannon report they spotted a silver car matching the description given by the witness.
The car was allegedly weaving within its lane and troopers initiated a traffic stop.
Miller and Hannon found Chad Eric Smith, 33, of Verdunville in the driver’s seat, and Smith allegedly exhibited slurred speech and blurry eyes.
When asked if he had been drinking, Smith allegedly replied that he had, indeed, been drinking.
The criminal complaint filed by Hannon states Smith was identified by Hannon, “…as an individual for which he had written a citation for driving on a suspended license on Sunday, July 10, 2016.”
When asked about the investigation into the damage to the police cruiser, Smith reportedly admitted to throwing the concrete slab through the window and kicking the driver’s door.
Smith allegedly refused to perform standard set of field sobriety tests.
The criminal complaint adds, “The troopers attempted to place the accused into handcuffs, at which time the accused jerked away from the troopers. The troopers placed the accused on the ground and took [Smith] into custody without further incident.”
Smith is charged with retaliation against a public official, destruction of property, driving under influence, obstructing an officer and driving on a suspended license.
Bond was set to $5,500 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]