CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia state trooper ended up in Ruby Memorial Hospital Thursday after the Preston County 911 center lost communication with him and his car was later found to have been in an accident.
Preston County officials refuse to release information about the accident from the 911 communications center, though such information is routinely released as public records in Kanawha County.
Preston Prosecuting Attorney Mel Snyder said he looked at the law, and would not release the information without a subpoena.
"If you don't like it, sue us," he said.
Trooper J.R. Martin, of the Kingwood detachment, was involved in a single-vehicle accident on County Route 26, according to a news release by State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous.
Martin's injuries didn't appear to be in serious nature, Baylous said.
An "internal inquiry" is currently looking at the circumstances surrounding the vehicle crash, Baylous said.
"We don't want to say anything more at this time, until all the facts are clear," he said.
Attempts to get copies or transcripts of Thursday evening's 911 transmissions to and from the State Police and Preston County's 911 center were unsuccessful.
Preston County Office of Emergency Management Director Duane Hamilton said it was the county's policy to tapes only to 911 callers unless another party obtains a subpoena.