CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two State Police troopers ran an ATV off of a rural Raleigh County road and beat its driver while he was in custody, a lawsuit filed earlier this month alleges.
William Price filed a lawsuit in Kanawha County alleging that two troopers, one of whom is identified in the suit only as "Trooper Marsh," rammed the small trailer he was towing on his ATV and then forced him into a roadside ditch.
Price, according to the suit, was then taken to the Beckley State Police detachment, handcuffed to a bench and assaulted, the lawsuit states. He collapsed in the parking lot of the Southern Regional Jail the next morning and was hospitalized.
On July 22, 2010, Price was driving the ATV along Pemberton Road in Raleigh County when a State Police cruiser pulled up and slammed into the back of the trailer he was towing, the suit states.
The cruiser's lights and siren were not on, the lawsuit states. Marsh was allegedly driving the vehicle.
The cruiser pulled alongside Price, allowing the second trooper to hang out of the window and beat the man with "a club and/or foreign object of some sort," the lawsuit states.
The troopers never told Price to pull over, the suit states.